25th Nov 2019 in Community

A Cathedral Quarter-based jeweller is appealing for public help to fund stem-cell research following the death of young bride Eimear Gooderham.

Kieran Murray of Murray & Co Jewellers in Talbot Street is calling on people to donate or sell him unwanted jewellery and precious metals to help fund the drive to beat cancer.

He will recycle it and use the profits to help three different research charities.

Mr Murray is a close friend of Eimear’s father Sean Smyth, who campaigned tirelessly to try and find a stem cell match for his daughter who suffered recurrent blood cancer and died aged just 25.

She married her fiancé Philip from her hospital bed, but sadly died before a stem cell match to help her body recover from the disease could be found.

Mr Murray gave the couple their wedding rings.

They were married just a week when Eimear died.

He said Mr Smyth has been through absolute agony watching his beautiful daughter dying as he frantically tried to find a stem cell donor.

Mr Murray said his friend was trying to deal with his loss by doing something positive in raising money for stem cell research.

“Eimear was a beautiful girl and it was just awful what they had to go through.

“Sean has really been through torment, but he’s trying to turn it all into something good in her memory.

“We have had some bits and pieces come in, but we really need the public and the Cathedral Quarter community to get behind this and help.”

Mr Murray said he hopes people remember Eimear’s fight for life and will donate in her memory.

The firm says it will pay top market price for any scrap gold and broken or damaged jewellery

Mr Smyth is also calling on people to sign the stem cell donor registry to help.

“Eimear’s dying wish was that more people would join the Stem Cell Donor Registry,” he said.

“Anyone between the ages of 16 to 55 and in general good health can become a potential blood stem cell donor. The healthiest stem cells come from people aged between 16 to 30.

“Young men in this age group make up only 16 per cent of the Anthony Nolan register, but they provide an astonishing 55 per cent of all donations.

“This is where you can help me honour Eimear’s memory by encouraging your family and friends to join the stem cell donor registry at Anthony Nolan and DKMS if you are aged over 30.”

Mr Smyth said he really appreciated what his friends at Murray and Co are doing.

“They are kindly doing this free of charge with all the revenue raised from the scrap gold going to the Friends of Cancer Centre Belfast, Action Cancer and Anthony Nolan.

“Please help us keep Eimear’s memory alive by joining the stem cell donor registry to give hope to people with life threatening illness and to support their families by donating broken or no longer loved gold items.”

You can also make donations at Action Cancer shops or alternatively by post to Eimear’s Wish, c/o Murray & Co, 29 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD.

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