Healthy fun from Carrick to Carnfunnock

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service is holding a charity fundraising day on Sunday at the Royal Oak in Carrick.

It starts with a sponsored cycle to Carnfunnock leaving the bar at 11am and returning from the Larne location at 12.30pm.

The Mayor Alderman Jim McClurg, will be in attendance at 2pm to see off the family walk and treasure hunt going to the Zoo Park Cafe and returning to the Oak for a barbecue, bouncy castles and music provided by Billy Anthony.

The event has been organised by Firefighter Noel McKee, who commented: “Our aim with this is to try and get families exercising together even if it is only for a short walk. The cycle is there for anyone who wants the challenge and the walk is to show we can have fun while out and about.

“Chest Heart and Stroke are a great charity who help so many families that have been affected by heart problems, issues surrounding Stroke and of course the many ways that chest problems can affect us.”

As part of the CHS plan to prevent these issues a nurse will be on hand all day to take blood pressure and lung function tests that are provided free of charge by the charity.

Michael Degnan, from the Royal oak, added: “We are delighted to host such a worthwhile event. We see ourselves as more than just a pub. We are a part of community life and as such try to facilitate these types of events.”

Sponsor forms are behind the bar at the Oak and can be obtained by phoning CHS in Belfast.