On Saturday 7th August 2021, Annaclone Parish Church members, along with family and friends took on the mammoth challenge “Teddies 10 mile Step-Out” as they walked 10 miles to raise funds for the place of worship and the charity, Air Ambulance NI.

The route was the Scarva Towpath beginning at the Visitors Centre and kids were also invited along and to bring their teddies.

A great crowd gathered on the morning, ready for the challenge with the sun shinning and the weather on their side!

The Parish Church have been overwhelmed by donations near and far and they would like to thank all those assisted in anyway, to David in Tesco for his generous refreshments, all who donated and all their walkers who gathered up sponsorship for the event, with a special mention to James and his customers for raising the fantastic amount of £1015.

For the second year running, the Church have chosen Air Ambulance NI as their charity partner, as this is an incredible service in the rural community, in which the Church is set.

Air Ambulance NI, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance (NIAS), provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the region. Serious or life-threatening situations can happen to anyone at anytime and on average, every single day in Northern Ireland, one individual finds themselves in desperate need of the Air Ambulance.

What is not widely known is that AANI is a Charity. Each day costs in the region of £5,500 and £2m each year is needed to keep the service operational.

The final total raised overall through sponsorship and online giving was a whopping £6,003.00.  The proceeds were split equally and £3,000.00 has now been handed over to Air Ambulance NI by Church representatives and those that took part in the walk.

The Church would like to thank each and every person that made this happen and for the tremendous community spirit.

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