A DERRY based cancer support group has been honoured at the all-Ireland 2019 Pride of Place Awards held in Kilkenny.
The Pink Ladies Cancer Support Group came first in the Community Wellbeing Initiative category, edging competition from Armagh Men’s Shed.
The judges said: “This initiative totally inspired the judges where so many people gave testimonials of the support and confidence they obtained while managing the debilitating illness of cancer.
“Words cannot adequately describe the value of this group’s work and the impact it has on so many.
“It was a memorable visit highlighted by a fabulous choir and drama performance where the judges were immediately welcomed into the arms of a wonderful, caring and professional group of people focussed on ensuring that everybody in their area of care or need would be supported.”
Around 900 hundred representatives from counties across Ireland gathered in the Lyrath Estate Hotel for the awards, hosted by Kilkenny County Council.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Michaela Boyle, travelled with the Pink Ladies to the ceremony.
Mayor Boyle tweeted from the event: “Honoured to attend the #ipbpopawards2019 awards & huge congratulations to the Pink Ladies – Maureen & Michelle – on winning the all Ireland award city category.
“👏 Well done The Pink Ladies Derry City & Strabane District what an achievement👌💯.”