FANCY winning a day’s slurrying or seeing the Dunlop brothers doing the Full Monty...? Then the Scenic Inn is the place to be.
Shirley McKinley of the Armoy bar is organising a number of fund-raising events, including a ‘Big Charity Marquee’ weekend during the May Bank Holiday, in memory of her dear friend Geraldine Linton who lost her battle with Cancer at the end of March. The charity weekend will be run over two nights with all proceeds going to Macmillan Nurses and Friends of the Cancer Centre Belfast, two charites chosen by Geraldine.
As part of the fundraising efforts 30 brave customers from the Scenic Inn are doing a parachute jump on April 26 and staff are also donating their tips with over £400 being raised so far.
Shirley explained: “Geraldine was not only an employee but was also a dear friend, who was loved by everyone she met. She was a real character, loved a dance, a drink and had great craic with all the customers. She was know to everyone as Mrs Lemon as one time I called her that instead of Mrs Linton and the name just struck.
“When she was diagnosed in April last year, we were all devastated however she was determined to fight it. And that’s when I decided I wanted to do something for her and help raise funds for a cancer charity.
“Geraldine chose the two charities and was delighted that I was doing something to help others. She would always ask how we were getting on and was counting down the days to the Bank Holiday weekend. Tragically she lost her fight on Tuesday, March 25 leaving a big whole in everyone’s heart.“
Hoping to raise £30,000, Shirley explained: “On the Big Charity Marquee weekend there’s going to be loads going on including an auction with pigs, calves and lambs up-for-grabs as well as Gareth Brooks tickets, two nights stay in Dublin plus a trip to Guinness Factory and even a days slurry experience. The Dunlop brothers, Michael and William, have also agreed to do the Full Monty.
“Every Saturday night throughout April I’m encouraging customers to have a ‘Moment of Madness’ and do something silly to help fundraise and staff are also donating their tips. Meanwhile 30 terrified customers are also doing a skydive and fundraising themselves for that.
“It’s just amazing how much Geraldine meant to everyone and even though she won’t be at the events, she’ll be there in our hearts every step of the way.”