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Councillor in a spin as Ballymena rallies for Jingle All The Way charity fundraiser

Tuesday 27 November 2018

A Mid and East Antrim councillor geared up for this year’s Jingle All The Way by using pedal power to raise vital funds for the festive cause.

Timothy Gaston and Rebekah Aiken, and the spin cycle

Timothy Gaston was joined by his fiancée for a four-hour spinathon in Flossy Treats in support of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

Jingle Day took place in Ballymena on Saturday, with local businesses, members of the public and volunteers rallying behind a packed day of charity activities.

The fundraising campaign aims to generate £250,000 in the run up to Christmas to help secure hours of specialist hospice care for children and their families.

Last year, more than £50,000 was raised through the Ballymena fundraiser, with freeman of the town and Hollywood superstar Liam Neeson again giving his backing to the cause this year.

Councillor Gaston said: “The Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice is a vital charity that families throughout our borough depend on.

“I am humbled to have been able to play a part in this year’s fundraising efforts and show my support and appreciation for the incredible support and dedication the Children’s Hospice provides to families throughout Northern Ireland.

“On behalf of the people of Mid and East Antrim, I thank them for their care and devotion.

“Thank you to all those who supported the Children’s Hospice on Saturday. I am so proud of our town and its people for showing the true face of Ballymena again by digging deep for others.”

All profits raised from this year’s campaign will enable NI Children’s Hospice to continue to provide infants, children and young people living with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses specialist palliative care.

Each year, it costs £3.82 million to provide Children’s Hospice services, both at hospice and in the family home. The charity relies heavily on the generosity and support of the local community to help fund its services.

Photography: Timothy Gaston and Rebekah Aiken, and the spin cycle