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"Keep Her Lit" on Sports Bond
Uploaded Sunday, 2nd Oct, 2016 at 21:30

OVER the years the JTI (Gallahers) has been a great support base for Ballymena United and Sports Bond.
Even though the bulk of the staff have now gone many are still Sports Bond members. This week two well known JTI former employees were winners on Sports Bond, they were Eddie Gilmore (C6527) who won 50 and Alan Sloan (A6745) who was a 10 winner. Both are big sports fans, so well done.

Just like last week all 3 major 50 winners had different letter prefixes, Eddie Gilmore had a 'C', while John Dumigan (B1013) on Andrew Boyd's agency had a 'B' and the 'A' prefix was held by William Gray (A3905) on the agency of Maurice Anderson.

David Brown had a 10 winner with his brother in law Sammy Forsythe (A6123) while Brett Thompson had a 10 winner with Rebecca Dalton (A6943) in Ballykeel.

No Jackpot was allocated with the number 6, 16, 19 and 21 and so the Jackpot is now 600.
Agents News
Congratulations to former Sports Bond agent Jonny Russell who recently wed long term partner Lyndsey.

Best wishes to Norman Hislop, a member of Davy Creighton's agency. Norman has been a long time regular member and had surgery last week, we hope she has a speedy recovery.

Sadly we also learned of the loss of a son of June Kearney, a member of Maurice Anderson's agency. We extend our deepest sympathy to June at this difficult time.
First Score
Fantastic news for Tommy Cavan, Tommy was our winner at Shamrock Park and won 30. On Saturday at Coleraine Showgrounds Tommy had a 52 minute winning ticket, under Sports Bond rules Tommy earns a double up to 60 for having 2 wins in a season. Now if Tommy was again to win he will earn a free season ticket for 2017/18, and we haven't had a quarter of the season gone! Also a First Score winner on Saturday was Sports Bond agent Tommy Matthews who wins 30. Congratulations to both. No Irish League First Score until October 22nd, however there will be a First Score for Northern Ireland in their fixtures with San Marino and Germany.
Walk of Hope
The third Walk of Hope by Brian Thompson was completed on Saturday at Coleraine Showgrounds. Again the recipient was Bravehearts NI. This Walk of Hope proved to be less demanding than 2 weeks earlier to Portadown. The route took Brian from the Ballymena Showgrounds along the Cushendall Road to Craigywarren, Clough to Cloughmills. From Cloughmills the most tricky part of the walk was the A26 road works which was a difficult obstacle to negotiate. Leaving the A26 he went to Dunlop and into Ballymoney also on the Garryduff Road. Along the course he was spotted by a few United fans who gave him a supporting horn blow and some stopped to give donations. At Garryduff he stopped off to visit the graves of Joey and Robert Dunlop.
At Ballymoney he was greeted by Darryl Wilson, former deputy mayor of Causeway Coast and the Glens. Bravehearts had a few volunteers on hand to collect in the town centre.
On Saturday morning a leisurely walk from Ballymoney took him to Coleraine. In the Diamond he met with more Braveheart NI volunteers Shealynn and Heather and posed beside the statue of Bertie Peacock, Coleraine football legend. Onto the Showgrounds where he was allowed to give a brief presentation in the boardroom which saw a fantastic response in further donations.
The next Walk of Hope will be to Mourneview Park later in the month. Thanks to all who supported this Walk of Hope, it was a great experience.