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Last Updated: Friday, 24 November 2006, 17:00 GMT
Millionaire gives cash for cancer
Cheque presentation
The donations will make a big impact in cancer research
A millionaire businessman who made his fortune with discount food shops and fitness gyms has donated 1m to two cancer charities.

Albert Gubay, 78, who moved to the Isle of Man in 1972, said that he had chosen the charities because a friend suffered breast cancer.

The Manchester based charity Genesis and the national breast cancer charity Breakthrough will share the money.

Both charities fund research into breast cancer care and prevention.

Significant impact

Mr Gubay set up the Kwik Save chain of supermarket shops and then went on to create the Total Fitness health business.

"I have worked all my life and now's the time to do something for others. If I can help someone I will," said Mr Gubay

Chris de Winter, Genesis director of communications, said: "The half a million pound donation will make a significant impact to the work we do.

"We are the UK's only breast cancer charity dedicated to research in the prevention of the disease, and will be opening Europe's first purpose built hospital at Wythenshawe in late Summer 2007.

"This is an unbelievable and welcome gesture."

The cheques were presented to Mr Lester Barr from the Genesis charity and Jeremy Hughes from Breakthrough Breast Cancer at the Mount Murray Hotel on Thursday.

In May of this year Mr Gubay gave 1 Million to benefit Isle of Man University students and Isle of Man sportsmen and women seeking to challenge in international competition.

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