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Special Christmas market to be held in aid of Zakky Brennan appeal

By Ali Gordon

A very special Christmas market is being held on Saturday in aid of the Zakky Brennan appeal.

Little Zak Brennan (3) from Dundonald has Neuroblastoma and his parents are desperate to raise £134,000 for a pioneering two-year trial in the United States to hopefully prevent him relapsing.

The family have already raised £109,000 and are counting on the generosity of local people to move them closer to the all-important target.

The Dundonald community have rallied together to help cute Zak and hold the area's first Christmas market this Saturday at Cordners Spar car park on the Comber Road from 2-5pm.

“It's a great cause and is so worthwhile because at the end of the day, this money can help hopefully give Zakky another chance at life,” said stall-holder Cory Tipping of Cory Tipping Health and Fitness.

“At the minute there's 28 individual stalls with everything from arts and crafts to food and drink, so it's going to be really well attended.

“My stall is a little bit different, because it's health and fitness, but it's nice for different businesses to be able to come together for such a good cause.”

The personal trainer based at Activ, Stormont Pavilion has even recruited some well known faces to help their cause.

“I'm going to have a spin-a-thon so there will be a spin bike going continuously for three hours and a leaderboard going,” said Cory.

“I've organised for the UUP's Jim Nicholson to do it as well as Jonny Hollinger, also known as Blast 106's DJ Jon Boi, and Linfield and Glentoran legends Glenn Ferguson and Andy Mathieson so there should be a bit of a local rivalry there.

“We've got signed Carl Frampton and Paddy Barnes gloves and there will be raffles on the day too so hopefully we raise a lot of money.”

At the Dundonald Christmas market there will also be live music, a Christmas tree light switch on, that you can win the chance to do, and a special visit from Santa.

Extra car parking has also been made available at the nearby Dundonald Elim church.

All donations and money raised from the event will go towards Zakky Brennan's Journey and Solving Kids Cancer.

Little Zak on pitch at Windsor last night with his dad Gareth and NI star Aaron Hughes
Little Zak on pitch at Windsor last night with his dad Gareth and NI star Aaron Hughes
Zak Brennan with his dad Gareth and mum Leeanne.
Zak Brennan with his dad Gareth and mum Leeanne.

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