Be a bride for the day and help beat world record

The Southern Area Hospice Services is calling on the people of Banbridge to help them break the record for the largest number of brides in one place.

And by doing so you can do your bit for the charity at the same time.

Social Worker Deirdre McKenna, who has worked for the Hospice for over five years, came up with the idea after speaking to a friend who had participated in something similar.

Deirde explained: “The idea for the Guinness World Record attempt came through a friend who had participated in a similar attempt supporting a local charity in her area, earlier in the year, and I thought it might be a fun way for us to raise some much needed funds for Southern Area Hospice.”

Both men and women dressed as brides in traditional bridal costume with head-dress (essential) are invited to come along to Solitude Park on Saturday September 2. Registration is from 10.30 am. There will be a £10 fee per person and a further £10 sponsorship. Under 16’s will be admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Deirdre continued: “I see first hand the work which we do and the benefit to patients and families. As part of a multidisciplinary team we all strive not only to provide a high standard of service but also to work with our fundraising colleagues as without them our work could not continue.

“This year we need to raise £2.3 million to enable us to deliver a comprehensive specialist palliative care service to those with cancer, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and other terminal illnesses.”

Deirdre explained that she applied to Guinness World Records late June for permission to make the attempt and was delighted when she was given the green light to go ahead with the fundraiser.

“We are all looking forward to the event and hope as many people as possible will turn up on the day and help us raise money for the hospice as well as help beat the world record.

“It will be a fun day and at the same time will be all for a very worthy cause.”

Deirdre would like to thank local traders and Banbridge District Council for their support. Call 302 67711 for details.