Charlene’s legacy lives on as kit sponsor

Dickie and Janice Barr from the charity Charlenes project with players from Lurgan Ladies Hockey Club 1st, 2nd & 3rd's & coach Ivor Lennon. INLM35-893
Dickie and Janice Barr from the charity Charlenes project with players from Lurgan Ladies Hockey Club 1st, 2nd & 3rd's & coach Ivor Lennon. INLM35-893

The charity set up by the late Charlene Barr will now be proudly displayed on the jerseys once worn by her sisters at Lurgan Hockey Club.

Anonymous donors came forward with the cash to allow Charlene’s Project to be the junior section’s kit sponsor for the season.

It’s been mooted that the kit manufacturers may even print the logo for free which means even more money could go towards the charity.

Ivor Lennon, co-ordinator for the senior and junior section of the club, explained: “It came about after anonymous donors came forward with a donation to the club that they wished to be used to have the kits of the teams in the junior section sponsored by Charlene’s Project.

“The aim is to raise awareness of the project and to help raise further cash for this very worthy cause throughout the season.”

Charlene’s Project was set up by Dollingstown girl Charlene Barr with the aim of building a school for the children of Maya in Africa.

Since then it has grown into a project which has enhanced an entire community.

Ivor said: “The hockey club has strong links with the Barr family. Charlene was an avid supporter of the club as well as Lurgan College hockey team. She got up whenever she could to watch her three sisters play.

“Bethany, Serena and Natalie are all in America on scholarships but still play for the club when they come home from the States.”

Ivor added: “At the minute the sponsorship is just for the junior section. The first team shirts are sponsored by Charles Hurst.”

There are seven age groups within the junior section and between 150 to 200 players within those sections as the club continues to go from strength to strength.

With that in mind Lurgan Hockey Club are holding their registration for junior players this Friday at Lurgan Youth Annexe between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. Girls from P2 up to Under 15s are eligible to register.