BALLYCROSS Charity Cross-Country, in conjunction with Iveagh Foxhounds, was back after a two-year break due to covid. They held an unbelievably successful cross-country on Saturday, March 26; the sun was literally splitting the trees, with onlookers even needing sunglasses! This was quite a change from normal, as there has been rain or even snow on occasion over the years.
Over 80 horses and ponies took part in the event, over 60 fences across a 5.5 mile course, suitable for seasoned riders and children.
As ever, organisers and participants are indebted to the landowners, who graciously permit them to cross their land each year and to the team of fence builders, who gave their time and expertise freely to make the course both challenging and enjoyable for everyone on the day. Organisers are overwhelmed by the generosity of the participants, spectators and neighbours, raising £4,000 to be divided equally between Alzheimer’s UK and Presbyterian Ukraine Fund.
Jayme McCartan representing Alzheimer’s UK and Rev Dr Mark Gray, Minister of Bannside Presbyterian Church, Banbridge were presented with cheques for their relevant charities, by one of the event organisers, Jill McElroy. Organisers only hope this money goes some way to support people living with dementia and to support the innocent victims of the meaningless war in Ukraine.
Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity, who campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with dementia today. Thanks to fundraising support, Alzheimer’s Society is facing dementia head on. Whether you’re a fundraiser, donor, partner or affected by dementia in any way, they are working with you to build a movement. Inspired by your voices, they are leading the way in support, society and research. They are calling on everyone to unite. Working together, they know they will achieve their vision – a world without dementia.
The Presbyterian Church of Ireland responded to the devastating Russian invasion of Ukraine and exodus of people from the country. Presbyterian Moderator, Right Reverend Dr David Bruce, launched a Moderator’s Appeal towards the emergency relief effort. The Presbyterian Church, teaming up with Christian Aid (Ireland) and Tearfund, are working with a range of partners on the ground in neighbouring countries and hope to work inside Ukraine. These local partners continue to distribute food supplies and other lifesaving essentials to displaced people in Ukraine.
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