BALLYMENA will be ‘Joining the Jingle’ again this year to help children with life-limiting conditions and their families, as Mid and East Antrim Borough Council gets behind a fundraising campaign which has generated a staggering £120,000 in just two years.
The Council is delighted once more to lend its support to the Ballymena Jingle All The Way charity events taking place in the run-up to Christmas in aid of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, including the 33rd Annual Christmas Fair in aid of the Adult Hospice, on Wednesday 13 November from 11am to 8pm in the Tullyglass House Hotel.
Save the date for Saturday 23 November when the town will come alive with festive colour and fun for the annual Christmas lights switch-on at the Harmony Hub, with music and children’s entertainment running throughout the day there and in the Tower Centre – where face painters, balloon modellers and nail artists are sure to put a smile on the face of even the biggest Grinch.
Hitch a ride on the Santa Bus to take in all the sights and sounds of Ballymena at Christmas and pose for your photo with the fabulous stilt walkers and street entertainers, or simply stop and savour the moment while choirs from local schools and a host of musicians spread the magic of the season.
The bus proved a huge hit with people of all ages last year and will travel throughout the day, ferrying passengers through the streets in style, and the best bit is that it’s completely free!
If you’ve any Anna, Elsa or Olaf fans at home, you might want to make your way to Ballymena IMC Cinema for a special screening of Frozen 2 starting at 9.30am on Saturday November 30, with an extra treat for the little ones in the form of goodie bags for those attending.
Grab a cuppa and something sweet from 10am to 12 noon on Thursday 7 December as the Ballymena Branch of the Ulster Defence Regimental Association host a Coffee Morning in their Services Club with proceeds going towards the final tally of the hard-working local charity committee.
Ballymena Hospice Support Group Secretary Muriel Barr said: “We are so proud that Ballymena is the flagship area for the Jingle All The Way Campaign province wide.
“The wonderful people of Ballymena and the surrounding area have taken the bravest of local children and their families to their hearts and are determined to help maintain and grow this unique and compassionate care provision.
“We are also truly grateful for the ongoing support we receive from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in helping us provide a lifeline for families who face the toughest challenges on a daily basis, all year round.”