Local fund-raisers help to herd up donation

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club chairman Richard Rodgers presents a cheque for �8,500 to Southern Area Hospice fund raisers John and Julie Jardine, and the charity's regional marketing officer Anne MacOscar.
NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club chairman Richard Rodgers presents a cheque for �8,500 to Southern Area Hospice fund raisers John and Julie Jardine, and the charity's regional marketing officer Anne MacOscar.

Ballyroney fund-raisers John and Julie Jardine have teamed up with the NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club to raise a meaty £8,500 for charity.

The money was presented to the Southern Area Hospice Services.

It is the proceeds of the club’s 2015 charity barbecue and auction, which was boosted by a raffle organised by club members, along with John and Julie from the Spelga View Herd.

John said: “I would like to personally thank the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club for its generous support.

“The barbecue and auction was a huge success.”

Southern Area Hospice Services is a local charity providing care for people who are living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease.

The charity cares for over 1,000 patients annually.

Its services include: in-patient hospice facilities in Newry; day hospice facilities in Newry and South Tyrone Hospital, Dungannon; outpatients clinics in South Tyrone, Daisy Hill and Craigavon hospitals; palliative care teams in Daisy Hill and Craigavon hospitals; homecare nursing in the Armagh and Dungannon districts; bereavement support services; and an information and resource centre based in Dungannon.

Anne MacOscar, the Hospice Services regional marketing officer, extended “a sincere thank you to everyone involved. This is a wonderful donation, and we really appreciate the club’s support.

“In order to continue providing a high level of service we have to raise £2.38 millon pounds annually. Southern Area Hospice Services relies heavily on the generosity of local people, and a large network of volunteers to help us achieve our target.”

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman Richard Rodgers thanked everyone who supported the fund raising efforts.

The NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has been hosting its charity barbecue at Dungannon Rugby Club for 24 years, and during that time period it has raised a total in excess of £100,000 for local charities.