Drew gets ready for Dublin strip

Drew Whiteside gets down to the bare essentials for his long walk and strip to Dublin for the Friends of the Cancer Centre.
Drew Whiteside gets down to the bare essentials for his long walk and strip to Dublin for the Friends of the Cancer Centre.

NEWTOWNABBEY builder Drew Whiteside and two friends are setting off for a long charity walk to Dublin.

And the trio have pledged to strip on the way - but only if they raise enough cash.

The three friends will be setting off for the Irish capital on Wednesday, April 11, on a four day walk to raise vital funds for the Friends of the Cancer Centre.

The challenge Drew has set himself is a tribute to the memory of his best friend Bill McBurney who passed away from cancer in November.

Drew will be joined in this fundraising event by David Haworth and Andrew ‘Moley’ Hatton who were also good friends of Bill.

Although the trio will be departing from Hireco haulage yard in Duncrue - a trailer rental company that Drew has worked with a lot - and be walking to another of Hireco’s haulage yards in Dublin, they’ll be on their own two feet for every step of the way.

Hireco Belfast’s Managing Director, George Boyd, will also be with the trio for part of the journey and Pat Carson, form Hireco Dublin, will welcome the boys at the end of their walk.

Drew has estimated they will need to be walking an average of 30 miles a day to complete the challenge within the time they have set.

Drew said: “It was an obvious choice for me to select Friends of the Cancer Centre, the official charity of Northern Ireland’s Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, where Bill was treated.

“Friends makes a real and meaningful difference to the lives of thousands of cancer patients and their families across Northern Ireland.

“It relies entirely on voluntary contributions, carefully administered and allocated under the direction of an expert panel. In every instance the projects and people funded by Friends are in addition to what is provided by the National Health Service.

“As for the stripping, that started off as a joke, but now we have said we’ll take an item of clothing off along the way - depending on how the fundraising goes.”

Drew and his friends have set themselves a £20,000 target towards which he has already raised over £8,000 from wine tasting and similar social fundraisers.

To support Drew and his friends contact Kelly on Tel: 028 9069 9393 or email info@friendsofthecancercentre.com