Local Artist raises €274,490 for cancer research with bespoke Christmas Cards

Posted on: 14 Nov 2016

Local Artist raises €274,490 for cancer research with bespoke Christmas Cards


Textile artist Fiona Turley has raised an amazing €274,490 for Breakthrough Cancer Research through her bespoke Christmas Cards over the past twelve years, with all going to fund ground breaking research into poor prognosis cancer. This year she hopes to raise even more money for cancer research and invites everyone to join her at Gallery Crafts for the launch of the Fiona Turley Christmas Cards Collection between 7pm and 9pm on Thursday, 17 November.

You will enjoy festive music with a mulled wine and mince pie reception, the launch promises to be an enjoyable, relaxed evening kicking off the Christmas season.

 The Gallery Craft shop, owned by Fiona is located in the picturesque village of Kilworth in north Cork. Opened in 2000, the store offers an eclectic mix of gifts and crafts, produced by national and international designers and makers. Get into the festive spirit and enjoy the wonderful creations from Irish designers such as Max Benjamin, Paul Moloney, Alan Ardiff, Orla Kiely, McNutts Blankets, plus festive decorations, candles and much more. In 2015 Fiona opened a wonderful dining space called the Brush & Spoon, this adds greatly to the shop and well worth a visit.

Speaking about the event, Fiona stated, “I have been designing Christmas Cards for Breakthrough Cancer Research for 12 years and am very proud to be associated with this amazing research team. We have all been touched by cancer; it is an emotional subject for many so I hope that through your support of the cards that we will in a small way contribute to help finding a cure for cancer. I personally wish the team great success in their work and I thank them for inviting me to be part of their fundraising efforts. I know that people are generally texting “Merry Christmas” but why not take a moment, and write a personal message to your friends. The simple sending of a card will help the great work being done by a marvellous team of researchers at Breakthrough Cancer Research. It is amazing to have reached over a quarter of a million, well done to everyone especially those who volunteer to sell the cards, to the companies who choose this great cause to wish their clients a happy Christmas and of course to all of you who buy the cards as a way to support the research. I extend my gratitude to Orla and Helena who work tirelessly at raising funds and wish them and all the volunteers a very happy Christmas. ”

Breakthrough Cancer Research is leading the way with research into cancers with poor prognosis such as ovarian, pancreatic, lung and oesophageal.  From their research centre in Cork they have already seen seven treatments progress from the laboratory to clinical trial. They work closely with multiple hospitals to ensure their research is responding to the needs of patients with cancers that do not respond to conventional therapies.

Orla Dolan, Fundraising Director for Breakthrough Cancer Research said, “Orla Dolan, Fundraising Director for Breakthrough Cancer Research said, “Now in our twelfth year, our partnership with Fiona has flourished over the years. Every year we are humbled that Fiona donates new stunning designs for our Christmas Cards.  It is so inspiring that she has chosen to use her amazing talent to help raise vital funds for cancer research.  We are so appreciative of the work she has done for us, raising over a staggering quarter of a million euro which goes directly towards innovative research work into new treatments for cancer.  This year the Christmas card collection features three beautiful new designs by Fiona mixed together with favourites from years past. We hope that you will all join us at Gallery Crafts on Thursday, 17 November to help us launch Fiona’s Christmas cards for this year’s festive season.”

Each pack contains a selection of 10 cards each with a unique design at a cost of €10. 100% of the proceeds go to Breakthrough Cancer Research. Christmas cards will be available to purchase online here or at Gallery Crafts, New Rd, Kilworth, Co. Cork Phone:(025) 27972 Gallery Crafts opening hours; 9:30-5:00 p.m. visit http://www.fionaturley.com/ for more information. 

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