Month: January 2014

Linda’s locks go for charity

00News January, 14


A SPA woman is preparing to shed her locks today for a charity that creates wigs for children undergoing chemotherapy. Linda McBride is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for The Little Princess Trust through her sponsored hair cut. The Little Princess Trust has a fund for children between the ages of two and 18 who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or alopecia. Linda’s long hair will be donated to the Trust, while she is also hoping that donations and sponsorship will further boost her efforts for the charity. She will have her hair cut by Keith Kane at Keith Kane International in Carryduff at 10.30am. Linda says she in unfazed by the prospect of going short for the charity, which she said does valuable work for the well-being of children in difficulty. “I was going to get my hair trimmed and somebody suggested this idea to me,” she said.”I have not had short hair for a long time but I believe this is for a very good cause.” Anyone who would like to contribute to The Little Princess Trust can do so to Linda through Keith Kane International.

Help Ulster Wildlife Feed the Birds

00News January, 14


Leading local wildlife charity, Ulster Wildlife has launched an exciting new fundraising initiative designed to get local people engaged with nature.

The initiative is sponsored by Peninsula Print & Design of Newtownards.

The Feed the Birds fundraiser aims to encourage people of all ages, but in particular children to spare a thought for our feathered friends during the cold harsh winter months and to do something practical to support them by picking up a sachet of wild bird seed for a suggested donation of £1 and sprinkling it in their garden or other areas where birds feed.

The sachets feature an endearing image of people and birds living happily together which was drawn by a local girl called Anna, aged 6. Her drawing was selected as the winner of a children’s art competition, run by Ulster Wildlife in conjunction with IKEA Belfast.

Geoff Scott, the charity’s Marketing & Fundraising Manager, is urging the public to get behind this initiative to raise funds for local environmental conservation. He said “Ulster Wildlife hopes that many local people and in particular children will pick up a sachet of seed to help us raise funds to continue our vital work of protecting local wildlife and habitats both on land and at sea. Sprinkling the bird seed is a great way to do your bit for nature and we think it is especially good for children to get engaged as a way to spark their interest in the natural world around them. Our thanks go to Peninsula Print & Design who have kindly covered the cost of this fundraiser. Thanks to them, every penny we raise from the sale of our bird seed sachets will go directly back towards supporting local conservation activities taking place here in Northern Ireland”.

Gary Withers, Managing Director at Peninsula Print & Design, explains why their company decided to sponsor this project. He said “We are great admirers of the work of Ulster Wildlife, from our long association with the charity we know that they work really hard to protect local wildlife and wild spaces. We hope this fundraiser does very well and that everyone who can, will give a pound to help Ulster Wildlife and our local bird population”.

You can pick up your Feed the Birds sachet at till points in IKEA Belfast or you can also purchase it at the Ulster Wildlife online shop, just visit

Please show your support for our feathered friends too at this one of the coldest times of the year.