Night at the races fundraiser as Barry reaches £19,000 in memory of wife

Barry Williamson with his children Mya and Rhys. INPT36
Barry Williamson with his children Mya and Rhys. INPT36

A night at the races is being held in Armagh Rugby Club tomorrow night (Saturday) as part of a fundraising initiative by Ballymore parishioner Barry Williamson in memory of his wife Alison.

The event will start at 8pm and will include an auction of sporting memorabilia with items such as an Ireland Rugby shirt signed by Rory Best and an Ulster Rugby shirt signed by the whole team.

Alison, a mother-of-two and a classroom assistant at Tandragee Primary School, died in May, aged 31, of a rare type of blood cancer. She had been diagnosed at the end of last summer and was described by the rector, Canon Shane Forster, as “positive and full of fun”.

Barry Williamson, along with his brothers Lee and Paul, cousin Mark and six friends are aiming to climb the four highest peaks in the UK - Ben Nevis, Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Slieve Donard - in just 48 hours.

To date, the men have raised more than £19,000 in sponsorship for the mountain challenge. All money is going to Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI.