Lisburn man drums up record attempt in memory of tragic cousin

A relative of tragic Ulster schoolgirl Cariss Dempster, who passed away in December aged just seven after suffering from a rare form of cancer, will attempt to break a drumming world record in her honour.

Allister Brown, a 39-year-old from Lisburn, will drum non-stop for 24 hours in an attempt to smash a Guinness World Record and raise money for two local children’s charities.

The drummer, who has already broken two world records, is aiming to secure his place in the record books for the world’s ‘longest individual drumming marathon’ as part of a fundraising campaign in his cousin Cariss’s honour.

While Allister is hoping to drum continuously for a full 24 hours, he will only need to make it past the existing record of 12 hours, five minutes and seven seconds – set by Jayson Binkler in Kent in May last year – to secure his place in the record books.

Cariss passed away after suffering from a rare form of children’s cancer known as neuroblastoma.

Allister, a senior draughtsman for Walter Watsons, is taking on the challenge to coincide with the Carnival of Life Gala Ball.

Starting on Friday, November 4, he will begin a drum roll lasting 24 hours which will kick start the Gala Ball. Supporters are invited to come along to Musicmatters shop in Lisburn before moving on to Market Square during a break and finishing at the Ramada Plaza.