Barn dance will boost Heartbeat Trust funds

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A local couple are planning a fourth fund-raising event to boost the coffers of the Children’s Heartbeat Trust.

Jonathan Boyle and his partner, Juliann, are holding a Barn Dance at the home of James McMullan, ‘Kerrsbrook’, Clintyfinnan Road, near Armoy, on Friday, June 14, with one of the country’s top female vocalists, Lisa McHugh, in attendance.

Jonathan and Juliann have also booked the up and coming singer, Ben Currie, to take the stage as well.

This will be the fourth fund raising event organised by the couple, all prompted by the fact that their two-year-old son, Jonathan, had to undergo life-saving treatment in Belfast when it was discovered he had a heart condition.

The care and attention given to Jonathan prompted his mum and dad to give something back and so began a series of events that would yield a fantastic £10,000.

The first event was a coffee morning held at the home of Jonathan’s mum, Anna Boyle, which proved a massive success with some three thousand pounds raised.

The second event was the release of a DVD which dwelt on a farming theme - the perfect choice given Jonathan’s background in agriculture.

It too yielded several thousand pounds. The Scenic Inn then weighed in with an event and Shirley McKinlay, who runs the very successful restaurant/bar, was delighted with the community response.

A cheque from that night was handed over to Jonathan and Juliann with baby Jonathan in attendance.

The family are hoping that the June 14 dance will add further to their total which stands at £10,000 and looks set to climb.

“You never know how these things will turn out but ‘Kerrsbrook’ is a great venue with plenty of social events having taken place there so people know what to expect,” Ryan said.

He added: “We chose Lisa McHugh to top the bill as she is extremely popular with fans up and down the country. We will have a bar facility and there’ll be food available as well.”

Tickets for the event will cost £10 and given the standard of entertainment, it represents good value for money.

Anyone interested in attending should contact Ryan on 077639 59451 or Juliann on 0770 900 5940 for how to get tickets. People can also pay on the night.

“The community have really supported us in the past and we hope this Barn Dance will not only prove enjoyable but be well attended,” Juliann added.