Guardsman makes a grand gesture

Generous donation: Carrie-Anne Devlin (left) from the Cosy Chair coffee shop, Bryan Phillips, founder of Stride with Pride and Catherine McCurry, education adviser with Shine NI. INNT 44-515CON
Generous donation: Carrie-Anne Devlin (left) from the Cosy Chair coffee shop, Bryan Phillips, founder of Stride with Pride and Catherine McCurry, education adviser with Shine NI. INNT 44-515CON
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Stride with Pride founder Bryan Phillips presented a cheque for £1,000 to Shine NI during a fundraising event in the Cosy Chair coffee shop in Whiteabbey on October 25.

The event, held to mark Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week (October 19 - 26), raised funds for the charity’s vital work with people with life-long disabilities.

Bryan, who lost both his legs in an explosion while serving with the Irish Guards in Afghanistan in June 2012, was delighted to be able to make the donation to the charity.

Lance Corporal Phillips, who spends most of his time fundraising for various children’s charities whilst still undergoing rehabilitation at Headley Court in England, thanked Shine for the great work that they do, and the staff at the Cosy Chair for their hospitality.

The Rathcoole man also thanked all those who’ve generously supported Stride with Pride, particularly local woman April Oliver who raised £500 for the charity by running the Belfast Marathon.

For more information about the work of Stride with Pride log on to stridewithpride.org

Further details about Shine are available online at www.shinecharity.org.uk/northernireland