Ballinamallard clergy enjoy mild weather for charity sit-out


Kate Outram makes a donation as the Ballinamallard clergy stage their sit-out today.

The weather was kind to this year’s charity sit-out in Ballinamallard where the Rector of Magheracross Parish, Archdeacon Brian Harper; his fellow Minister at Magheracross, Revd Charles Eames and the Minister of Ballinamallard Methodist Church, Revd. John Beacom collected donations for two charities.

The sit-out began at 8am to-day(Wednesday) and was continuing until 8pm this evening on a mild, dry day.

By mid-morning there was a steady stream of people handing over cash but Archdeacon Harper was expecting it busier between 4pm-6pm as local people made their way home from work. Many people driving their cars along Main Street, handed out their donations.

Local businesses in the village were supporting the local clergy, providing a hot lunch and a carry-out supper supplemented by hot drinks and snacks from the church communities.

Local choir members were due to accompany the clergy with Christmas songs during the last part of their sit-out.

The two charities supported this year are the Abaana Children’s Choir who visited Ballinamallard earlier in the year and Air Ambulance NI.

Both charities have a special place in the hearts of the local clergy. The youth group in Magheracross Parish have sponsored one of the boys in the Abaana Children's Choir and one of the helicopters belonging to the charity, Air Ambulance NI is stationed at Enniskillen Airport nearby.