The sky's the limit for Stephens Catering Equipment abseiling team!

Shauna Loughran


Shauna Loughran

AN adventurous group of employees from Stephens Catering Equipment are going to great heights to raise money for Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke charity.

The 12 strong team will be abseiling from the Europa Hotel on September 23 and what makes this even more of a challenge for the team is that most of them are afraid of heights!

Claire Adair explained: “This is the first abseil for most of us and a real challenge.

“I wanted to arrange a charity event that will really make us face our fears.

“Most of us taking part have a fear of heights so it will be a huge challenge. Personally, I am petrified!

“We are all from Ballymena or surrounding areas.

“Stephens Catering Equipment is based in Broughshane with offices in Dublin, Donegal and Belfast

“My family and friends must think I have gone mad knowing my fear of heights.

“I wanted to arrange a challenge to really make people fight their fears.

“I know when we have completed the abseil we will have a huge sense of achievement.”

Studio 365 & Boogie Bounce Ballymena are also getting in on the action by hosting two UV Glow in the Dark Boogie Bounce classes with 100% of the proceeds going to NICHS.

Boogie Bounce is a fantastic fun workout for the whole body that includes aerobics, intervals and toning.

It is suitable for all fitness levels due to its unique program design and can be attended from nine years upwards.

It is a complete exercise programme on a mini trampoline, with a safety bar, choreographed to chart topping inspiring music which includes an extremely effective cardio section, and a really powerful bums, tums and thighs section too!

The cost is £10 per class with the full £10 going to the charity.

Keep an eye on the Studio 365 Facebook page for details on how to book (two weeks before the event)

Claire continued: “Leona at Studio 365 has supported so many local charities and I honestly can’t thank her and her colleagues enough for holding this event!

“My place of work, Stephens Catering Equipment, have been working closely with NICHS this year in increasing employees’ health and well-being and many changes have been made in our workplace and our home lives.

“Many of us have family or friends that have been affected with illnesses relating to Chest Heart or Stroke and by raising funds for the charity they can continue their amazing work in Northern Ireland.

“Personally, my parents both passed away in 2012 with chest related issues so I know the importance of the charities work.

“We have also recently ran a raffle in aid of NICHS raising £1,059 with fabulous prizes donated from local businesses.

“Stephens Catering Equipment are also in the process of getting a Defibrillator which will be located in our building and available for use within the community during office hours.

“If anyone feels like hey would like to support us, donations can be made in person or on the evening of the Boogie Bounce – we are extremely grateful for any donations albeit big or small.”

You can also donate online by logging on to the virginmoneygiving website and searching for Team Stephens Catering Equipment Abseil Team.

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