“Brides in Banbridge” hospice fundraiser gathers pace

September 16, 2013

Southern Area Hospice is gearing up for a very unique Guinness World Record attempt this month. “Brides in Banbridge”,taking place in Solitude Park on Saturday Sept 28th is a fundraising, record breaking attempt to gather the largest number of people dressed in traditional bridal costume and head dress in one place at one time.

With the current unofficial record standing at 750 “brides”, organisers hope to smash the record whilst raising much needed funds for the Southern Area Hospice.  The event is open to everyone, with men dressed as brides more than welcome!

The Southern Area Hospice covers the entire Southern Health and Social Care Trust, a geographical area covering Kilkeel to Fivemiletown, and provides a variety of community based and inpatient specialist palliative services. Needing to raise £2.3 million pounds this year to continue to provide services, Hospice staff are always trying to come up with fun ways to encourage people to support them and this “Brides in Banbridge” promises to be just that.

The event is the brainchild of Southern Area Hospice Social Worker, Deirdre McKenna, who came across the current world record and decided it would be an innovative and fun way to raise funds.  Deirdre says she has been overwhelmed by the response and interest in the event and hopes the numbers keep growing over the next fortnight to ensure the current record is well and truly broken.

Deirdre told The Examiner that staff members have really entered into the spirit of the event and it has generated plenty of craic and laughter among a workforce who are always dedicated to raising funds so the Hospice can continue to provide its essential services.  She also paid tribute to the unfailing generosity of the public in consistently donating to Hospice charity events, and hopes Solitude Park will be literally overrun with blushing brides on the day!

Local celebrities are also getting in on the act, with award winning actress and Camlough native Susan Lynch (pictured) donning her own wedding dress in a photo to show her support from her home in London, and former Armagh goalkeeper, Benny Tierney also supporting the initiative on the Southern Area Hospice facebook page.

All “brides” taking part in the world record attempt are asked to pay a £10 registration fee and raise a minimum of £10.  Registration takes place at 10.30am on Saturday 28th September in Solitude Park, Banbridge.

More information and Registration Forms are available from Deirdre McKenna on 028 302 67711 or email

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.