To Carlisle, With Love

On Christmas Saturday three local men escaped the Christmas rush and set off 'To Carlisle, With Love.'

Having seen the impact of the recent floods on Carlisle, Causeway Coast Vineyard decided to send a van load of groceries, essentials and Christmas gifts to families made homeless by the Carlisle floods. McBurney Transport generously agreed to pay for the return trip for the van and its passengers on the Larne Cairnryan ferry. 

Fuelled by an early morning breakfast on the ferry and coffee on route the team arrived in Carlisle by lunch time and were warmly welcomed by Andy and Rhoda Fearon from Carlisle Vineyard. The food, supplies and Christmas gifts will be distributed to those most in need by Andy and Rhoda, in partnership with Carlisle Ambassadors, a local network of 250 businesses, schools, community organisations and churches.

Visiting streets still lined with dozens of skips with ruined family possessions lying in gardens and footpaths reminded us that there are many in need this Christmas at home, in Carlisle and around the world.

We may not all go to Carlisle but wherever we go, may we go there with love.