Ballymena kids hoping to 'Chase the Chill' away this Christmas

Pupils from Kirkinriola PS have fun in the snow.  INBT 51-746-CON
Pupils from Kirkinriola PS have fun in the snow. INBT 51-746-CON
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Ballymena schoolchildren are asking local people to get involved in helping them spread the warmth this Christmas.

Pupils at Kirkinriola Primary are seeking donations of hats, scarves and gloves as part of their new scheme, Chase the Chill.

Members of the Student Council at Kirkinriola Primary School.  INBT 51-745-CON

Members of the Student Council at Kirkinriola Primary School. INBT 51-745-CON

The initiative will see the warm clothing dropped off at various points around the town "for anyone who needs a little warmth this Christmas".

The idea was brought forward by members of the school's Student Council, explained PTA member Elizabeth Cooke.

"My son is a member of the Student Council and he's in his final year at the school; he wanted to do something before he left to make his mark," Elizabeth added.

"I mentioned this to him after seeing it on Facebook and the council voted to support it."

Warm clothing will be placed around Ballymena as part of the campaign.

Warm clothing will be placed around Ballymena as part of the campaign.

And with Kirkinriola approaching its 100th year, all 38 pupils in the school are backing the campaign.

The items will be tied securely to poles and trees around the town by parents and Primary 7 pupils next week, with donations of hats, scarves and gloves gladly accepted in the coming days.

They can be dropped off at the school on Clogher Road.

"This is the first year we are running it, but if there's a good response we'll do it again next year," Elizabeth added.

The Tractor Run raised funds for the Make a Wish Foundation.

The Tractor Run raised funds for the Make a Wish Foundation.

For more information, visit the school's Chase the Chill page on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the school has raised funds for charities with a number of festive events recently.


A Tractor Run organised by the PTA group enabled Kirkinriola to make a small donation towards the Make a Wish Foundation.


Proceeds from the school’s carol service at Cloghwater Presbyterian Church on Monday night (December 18) will go towards Autism NI.

The PTA's Tractor Run.

The PTA's Tractor Run.