Big Pat’s challenge raises £2,000 in a day

Big Pat Christe taking part in the 5 Marathon for the Southern Area Hospice at Rushmere Shopping Centre.INLM05-607.
Big Pat Christe taking part in the 5 Marathon for the Southern Area Hospice at Rushmere Shopping Centre.INLM05-607.

More than £2,000 was raised for cancer charities on Saturday when local singer Big Pat took to the cross trainer for the final leg of his Five Marathons Challenge.

Pat Christie is aiming to raise between £5,500 and £6,000 for the NI Children’s Hospice, Headcase Cancer Trust and the Southern Area Hospice and the money raised on Saturday will go towards this total.

Pat, who also took a break from the bike to belt out some well-loved songs, received moral support form Barney Green, who organised a disco on the day, and Joe Cardwell, who also sang.

Pearse Tipping and his team kept Pat company by spinning on the three bikes provided while Costa provided free coffee all day and No 7 supplied the
food.

Said Pat, “It was a fantastic day and we raised an incredible amount of money. I want to thank everyone who supported me - all the people and companies mentioned as well as Colombia Gym and First Training Academy,

“Martin Walsh and Linda Martin from Rushmere were also very helpful, as was my family with a special mention for my granddaughter Aoife Stones.”

Pat’s challenge was 130 miles in 20 days on the cross trainer, most of which was completed in the gym. Donations can still be made by logging on to justgiving-Big Pat’s Cross Trainer Challenge.