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Orangemen drum up £38k for children's hospice

By Adrian Rutherford

These are the intrepid Orangemen who have drummed up thousands of pounds for charity.

Members of Bible and Crown Defenders LOL 423 in Banbridge climbed four UK peaks in four days - accompanied by a Lambeg drum. They raised over £38,000 for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

The money will help support nurses providing specialist care to children and young people in care, and in the community, across Northern Ireland.

Representatives of the lodge presented the funds to hospice president Paul Clark during a function at Banbridge Orange hall.

In May the Co Down brethren, along with a number of Scottish peers, ascended Slieve Donard, Snowdon (Wales), Scaffell Pike (England) and Ben Nevis (Scotland) in just 96 hours.

LOL 423 has a distinguished track record for charitable outreach, having previously raised £120,000 for Help for Heroes by carrying a Lambeg on the Williamite trail from Carrickfergus to the Boyne.

This preceded a cycle the length of the British Isles from John O'Groats to Land's End.

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