Climbing Knocklayde for charity

Jade McAfee with her mum, Debbie and sister, Faith, along with climb organisers, Ivan King, Robert Stewart, Shirley McKinley, Pamela and Leah McFetridge. inbm39-14s
Jade McAfee with her mum, Debbie and sister, Faith, along with climb organisers, Ivan King, Robert Stewart, Shirley McKinley, Pamela and Leah McFetridge. inbm39-14s

Scores of local people are looking forward to climbing one of North Antrim’s most prominent landmarks – Knocklayde – on Saturday, October 4 in aid of a leading children’s charity.

Two of the principal organisers, Ivan King and Robert Stewart, have joined forces with The Scenic Inn bar and restaurant near Armoy to plan the event which will be carried out on behalf of Stranocum teenager, Jade McAfee, who has suffered with a neurological disorder for most of her life.

All proceeds will go to Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice and it is hoped to raise thousands for the charity.

Ivan and Robert, both from Dervock, are no strangers to collecting money for good causes but they realised that if they wanted to further boost their coffers, they would have to enlist the help of management and staff at The Scenic who have demonstrated a remarkable knack for raising large sums for various good causes.

Ivan King said: “We have linked up with The Scenic because we know how good they are at getting support from the public. We have no doubt that this latest venture will be a big success particularly with their help.”

Participants are asked to gather at The Scenic at 9 a.m. on the day and arrangements have been made with a local landowner at Knocklayde to park vehicles.

Knocklayde looms about 1600 feet above Ballycastle and should prove a dawdle for those taking part.

However, organisers stress that participants should prepare properly for the climb with appropriate clothing and footwear.

Shirley McKinley of the Scenic has promised a barbecue for the walkers when they return, weather permitting, and, if not, it will be soup and sandwiches indoors.

Anyone who would like to take part in the climb should contact the Scenic on 028 207 51260 where more details will be given.