Proceeds of the annual Loughbrickland Charity Tractor, Truck & 4×4 Run – which raised a terrific £2,013 – has been handed over to kidney patient support charity Kidney Care UK.
Held on the last Saturday in January, the event, organised and marshalled by the Sir Henry Wilson Memorial Hall Committee, attracted entrants from right across Northern Ireland and further afield and this year involved an exciting new partnership with The Boulevard in Banbridge.
Thanking everyone involved Organ Donation campaigner Jo-Anne Dobson, who is the charity’s Northern Ireland Ambassador said: “From the Organising Committee to the entrants and from our generous sponsors to the amazing team at The Boulevard everyone has helped us not only raise vital funds to support our local kidney patients but also to publicise the important life-saving message about Organ Donation!
“It was wonderful to be there once again on the day and to be joined by Kidney Care UK volunteers, including kidney recipient Eric Hale, to chat with everyone and to see all that hard work and effort from Raymond Fegan and his team leading to such a fun-filled family day!
“This magnificent amount raised will enable Kidney Care UK to continue to provide dedicated advice, support and financial assistance to local kidney patients and their families and I thank everyone involved from the bottom of my heart.”
Also commenting Raymond Fegan, Chair of the Sir Henry Wilson Memorial Committee, said: “This annual event goes from strength to strength especially with this year’s exciting addition of The Boulevard and their generous sponsorship of our raffle prizes.
“As a Committee we are overwhelmed by the immense support we receive from the local community and the business sector for an event which has raised vital funds to support our local kidney patients across Northern Ireland through Kidney Care UK.
“I extend a very personal thank you to everyone who attended on the day or who helped, in any way, to support us. We are all looking forward to next year’s tractor run with the plans already in full swing!”
Chris Nelmes, Retail Director at The Boulevard said: “As a team at The Boulevard it was wonderful to welcome the colourful display of tractors and trucks arriving on site.
“It was also our pleasure to support Kidney Care UK and its vital work with kidney patients within our local community.”
The organisers wish to thank everyone who supported the event especially The Boulevard and its retail outlets, D7 Property Services, G A Allen Farm Machinery, Burkes of Cornascriebe, Johnston Gilpin & Co, ABP and CanTrack.