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Charity partnership raises £29,000

Barnardo’s NI would like to thank the staff, suppliers and customers of the Carrickfergus branch of building supplier JP Corry, for helping raise £29,229 for the children’s charity over the past two years.

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Accordion festival supporters thanked

The 17th Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships held in the Clarion Hotel Carrickfergus on Saturday February, 22 2014 were another huge success with reaction from spectators and competitors alike being very favourable towards the festival which ran like clockwork in a relaxed and friendly spirit.

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Travel stores say a big ‘thank-you’ to Carrick

Staff at the 23 Thomas Cook and Co-operative Travel stores across Northern Ireland would like to say a big ‘thank-you’ to customers after a Christmas charity campaign raised an incredible £164,000 worth of toys for disadvantaged children across the province.

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‘Opt in’ on organ donation - MLA

I attended the launch of the PHA Organ Donation Awareness campaign ‘speak up and save a life’ at the MAC in Belfast. Whether you be placed in the terrible position of deciding what happens to a loved ones organs, or a transplant specialist nurse working in a trauma unit, the one thing that makes it more likely for consent to be given for organ donation is if the person making the decision knows the wishes of their loved one.

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More nurseries invited to go on the Big Toddle

Barnardo’s NI would like to say a big thank you to all the under-fives from Victoria Primary School Nursery Unit, Acorn Nursery and Playgroup and Rainbow Playgroup, Carrickfergus, who took part in the Barnardo’s nursery rhyme and fairytale-theme Big Toddle last year (2013).

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Tidy-minded urged to ‘Adopt a Spot’ in town

Is there an area in your community that could do with a clean up? Are you fed up of unsightly graffiti, litter and dog mess on your doorstep? With street cleansing costing nearly £40 million a year, why not take pride in your area and Adopt a Spot?

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School seeks support in tackling dog fouling

I read with great interest, deep dismay but absolutely no surprise the recent Carrick Times (Thursday, February 6 2014) article on the plight of the Clarke family whose 14-year old son Cameron, a pupil of Downshire School, has been rendered blind in one eye due to contact with dog mess.

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Village group’s Haass response challenged

I refer to the article in the Carrick Times (Thursday, January 16 2014) ‘Ballycarry in appeal to Haass’ in which the group (Ballycarry and District Community Association) said that “we believe that, as we can contentedly espouse our Ulster-Scots identity within Northern Ireland and also accept that we are an integral part of the United Kingdom”.

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Phone recycling

SIR, are you hoping for a new mobile phone this Christmas? Unsure of what to do with your old one? Why not donate it to Meningitis Research Foundation. Please contact the Belfast office on 028 9032 1283 or email emma@meningitis-ni.org for your freepost envelope.

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