Joanne takes leap of faith

Philip Orr, author and researcher, and Shirin Murphy, Museums Officer, at Friday's talk on Carrickfergus and the Great War in the Civic Centre.The event also served to mark the opening of the museum's latest exhibition focussing on the Antrim Artillery Militia, a regiment that was a part of the fabric of the town for over 60 years.INCT 32-793-CON
Philip Orr, author and researcher, and Shirin Murphy, Museums Officer, at Friday's talk on Carrickfergus and the Great War in the Civic Centre.The event also served to mark the opening of the museum's latest exhibition focussing on the Antrim Artillery Militia, a regiment that was a part of the fabric of the town for over 60 years.INCT 32-793-CON

The wife of a soldier based at Thiepval Barracks is going to new heights and taking the plunge to raise money for charity.

Joanne Mears, whose husband serves with Lisburn’s 2 Rifles, will be taking part in a freefall parachute jump to raise money for Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) The Soldier’s Charity.

Joanne will be making the leap of faith from 13,000 feet on Mother’s Day (Sunday March 6) and is hoping to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Joanne is hoping it will be third time lucky for her as the weather has already ruined the plans for the jump on two previous occasions.

“I’m really looking forward to the jump,” she said. “I’ve been up in the aircraft twice already, but the weather was too bad each time and the event was postponed but we’ll be trying again on Mothers’ Day, March 6.”

The money Joanne raises will go to the Army Benevolent Fund, which is based in Thiepval Barracks and supports soldiers, veterans and army families.

This is not the only event the Army Benevolent Fund is running in March.

On Saturday March 19, a sponsored Walk will take place from the Civic Centre in Lisburn at 10am, with hikers choosing either a four mile or an eight mile walk along the canal. Fees are £10 and registration will open in the Civic Centre foyer at 8.30am on the day of the walk.

Further details of both events can be obtained by contacting 02892 678112 or emailing ni@soldierscharity.org.