Allen & Overy Belfast raise £30k to support local people with cancer

Ask An Architect 2020

Perhaps you’ve been dreaming up a building project or renovation in Northern Ireland? Or, during lockdown, your plans might have changed. Are you considering staying in your home, but need professional guidance on renovating or extending your space? Then you’ll be delighted to hear that Ask An Architect has extended it’s support through to September 2020. Due to current guidelines around social distancing, your consultation may take place via videocall but all arrangements will be made directly between you and your chosen architect.

Ask An Architect is an unique annual event which gives you something back for your charitable donation and sees architects from across Northern Ireland offering their services free of charge giving advice in return for a charitable donation of £40 to the Friends of the Cancer Centre in partnership with the Jill Todd Trust.

The Jill Todd Trust was established in 2011 by local architect, Barrie Todd and his wife Trish in memory of their daughter Jill, who at the age of 23 tragically had her very active, talented and personable life taken by cancer. One of the main objectives of the Trust is to raise funds to assist medical research to find a cure for cancer. So, ‘ask an architect’ was devised by Trish and Barrie as an effective means of raising funds to support cancer research in Northern Ireland. All of the funds raised by ‘ask an architect’ support cancer research through our work in clinical trials, thanks to the fantastic sponsors of Ask An Architect, who cover administrative costs and provide critical pro bono services.

Friends of the Cancer Centre is committed to supporting local cancer research, which is helping to improve outcomes for those affected by cancer across Northern Ireland. Your generous donations can have a vital impact in providing key infrastructure for the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network, offering access to the most advanced clinical trials for local people affected by cancer. The charity works in partnership with the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research at Queens University Belfast as well as the NI Cancer Trials Network, who will directly facilitate the trial for their patients. From the support at initial diagnosis from our nurses, into the primary research phase, the establishment of a cancer trial, providing vital care for patients during the trial, and the collection of patient data, support is provided by Friends of the Cancer Centre funded staff at all stages. All the research staff you are about to see are funded or supported by Friends of the Cancer Centre and are directly involved with the SPORT trial. Advancements in cancer research across Northern Ireland are significantly supported by the generosity you have shown to the charity, thank you.

There are already 46 registered architects ready to help you with your project and you can book now at

We spoke to Edward and Maggie Ferguson from Bangor, who took part in Ask An Architect in 2017. The video below provides an update on their renovation and build project, as well as explaining how vital the room has been during this extended period of lockdown.

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