A Belfast nursing home which cares for ex-service personnel and member of the emergency services has been presented with a £65,000 cheque.

The funds, which were raised following an appeal by the Royal Black Institution, will be used to install an energy efficient heating system at the Somme Nursing Home.

Steven Phillips, chairman of the nursing home, told the News Letter: “It’s a very worthy project for us, and we plan to undertake it this summer, and to have the new system in place before the winter.”

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Mr Phillips said soaring energy costs were the biggest challenge facing the nursing home, which saw a gas bill of £20,000 in one month alone.

The home is to install air source heat pumps to help reduce energy costs.

Royal Black members in Northern Ireland, plus those in Cavan and Monaghan, as well as Scotland and England, have  contributed to the total raised.

Fundraising activities included a sponsor lap on foot and bicycle of Northern Ireland.

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