On Saturday 13th July I attended the funeral of Claire Mulholland, who with her husband Joe founded the Glasgow & District Branch in 1970. Joe and Claire set up the Branch because their daughter Ciara had been diagnosed with leukaemia the previous year. Sadly Ciara lost her fight for life in 1971 just before her fifth birthday. Like many other people who support LLR Claire and Joe were determined that no other family should go through the pain of losing their child to blood cancer.
As Claire recently said “The determination that every child and adult with a blood cancer will survive is what keeps us going – once you start along the road of fundraising, you can’t stop!” and this was definitely the case for Claire and Joe as their determination and vision has helped Glasgow & District Branch raise over £2million for our research.
But fundraising was only a part of Claire’s life, she was an accomplished artist, and 20 years ago she started working in stained glass, and her windows are displayed in several churches.
She also worked voluntarily with pupils from a Glasgow school who were considered to be unruly, encouraging them to produce artwork. Another art project, the 'Pictures for Patients' scheme that Claire started, worked with secondary school pupils to put 700 paintings into Glasgow geriatric wards.
Claire was one of life’s ‘givers’ she offered friendship and support to everyone who knew her and asked for nothing in return.
Yes, Claire was one in a million who will be sadly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her.