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Cheltenham comes to Ballymena for cancer charity fundraiser

Pictured are Peter Tweed (Smithfield Arms), Janice White, Helen Russell & Meta Tweed (Smithfield Arms) .

The Cheltenham Festival arrived in Ballymena in recent weeks as the Smithfield Arms hosted a night at the races, raising an incredible £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

People enjoyed a flutter on eight exciting races, all generously sponsored by local businesses including Stewart Russell Solicitors, Ritchie’s Car Accessories, Smithfield Arms, Wilson Motors, Homes Independent, Irons Bakery and Lifestyle Fitness.

Jodie McAneaney, Relationship Fundraising Manager for Macmillan in Northern Ireland said:

"We're so grateful to Peter and Meta Tweed (pictured) from the Smithfield Arms for hosting this event, and to everyone who attended and so generously supported it.

“£1,000 could fund Macmillan’s Online Community for over 58 hours, supporting over 3,800 people living with cancer and their loved ones to access online support 24 hours a day, in a safe environment.

“98% of Macmillan’s funding comes directly from donations, so it really is thanks to the kindness of people like Peter and Meta, and all who donated, that Macmillan is able to support people living with cancer and their loved ones to access the practical, financial and emotional help they need.”

For support, information, or just a chat, call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 0000 or visit our Online Community at


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