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Sign up for Christmas jumper hike in September

A CALL has gone out to get your Christmas jumpers out of cold storage for a festive trek up Slieve Donard next month.

This novelty charity hike up the highest Mourne peak is being organised by Killyclogher personal trainer Paddy McGrath, who loves Christmas so much he starts his countdown to December 25 on Boxing Day.

Unable to wait another few months for the festive season to arrive, he is encouraging as many others as possible to join him on Sunday, September 10, wearing Santa hats and singing carols and laughing all the way, ho, ho, ho.

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While the emphasis is having a fun day out, Paddy is also hoping to raise as much money as possible for CLIC Sargent to support children with cancer and their families.

So far he has almost 50 people signed up to take part following a successful registration evening last week at his PMAX Fitness gym at Youth Sport Omagh.

However, he says “more the merrier’ and is encouraging anyone interested to get in contact in the coming days and weeks. Registration is £20 with all participants given sponsor sheets to raise whatever they can for this worthy cause.

He said, “I have had the gym for two years now and wanted to organise a group challenge for charity. As I love Christmas, and as everyone loves climbing mountains, I thought why not get a group to take on Slieve Donard wearing their favourite festive jumper.

“Singing Christmas songs on the day is not compulsory but may help the climb. All fitness levels are welcome as we have professional guides – Mark Kelly and John Mallon from Four Elements – to lead us to the top safely.”

CLIC Sargent fundraising engagement manager, Gareth McElduff has thanked Paddy for leading this event and assisting the charity to provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family.

For further information or to sign up for the Slieve Donard festive trek contact Paddy via the PMAX Fitness Facebook page, call him on 077 8479 6936 or email Gareth.mcelduff@clicsargent.org.uk.

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