Free breast screening for Mid-Ulster women

A COOKSTOWN pharmacy is appealing to all women aged 40-49 and 70 plus to call in next Friday (October 19) during ‘Breast Action Day’ to sign up for free breast screening.

Gordons Chemists, located in Oldtown Street, is also appealing to women to sign the ‘Ribbon of Hope’. 

The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign is running in-store throughout October, however this is the focus day for ladies to sign up for a breast screening with Northern Ireland’s leading cancer charity, Action Cancer. 

Since the partnership began five years ago, 2,300 women have completed request forms instore and, in addition to providing self-referral forms, Northern Ireland’s leading independent pharmacy chain is committed to supporting Action Cancer with instore fundraising. 

Staff and customers have raised a vital £150,000 towards the screening programme and customers can call in on October 19 and sign the ‘Ribbon of Hope’ to help with the fundraising total and encourage women across Northern Ireland who have been affected by breast cancer.

John Clark, General Manager, Gordons Chemists, said this is the fifth year supporting Action Cancer’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We decided to introduce the ‘Ribbon of Hope’ this year to give customers an opportunity to add their signature to a ribbon to encourage other women affected by breast cancer, to remember friends or loved ones they may have lost to this disease or maybe even to give themselves hope as they undergo treatment.

“We are really looking forward to assisting the campaign with new requests for free breast screenings from the self-referral forms completed in-store and to raising funds to save, support and reassure,” he said.

On Friday, October 19, Gordons Chemists will be dressing the Cookstown store and staff in pink to celebrate the fact that early detection saves lives. You can support the campaign by buying a pink ribbon, a raffle ticket or simply by making a donation in store and signing the ‘Ribbon of Hope’. 

Call into Gordons Chemists throughout October, contact Action Cancer on 028 9080 3344 or visit for further information.