Car dealer backs charity cycle

John Platt (centre), Sales Manager at Charles Hurst Renault, Mallusk, presents Eamon McManus and Robert Galbraith with a seven-seater Scenic to use during their Cash for Kids cycle in May. INNT 10-041-FP
John Platt (centre), Sales Manager at Charles Hurst Renault, Mallusk, presents Eamon McManus and Robert Galbraith with a seven-seater Scenic to use during their Cash for Kids cycle in May. INNT 10-041-FP

CHARLES Hurst Renault has lent its backing to a Mallusk man’s mammoth charity bike challenge down the spine of Ireland.

Eamon McManus, along with four work colleagues from the International Airport’s security staff, will be cycling from Malin Head, the most northern part of the island, to Mizen Head, the most southern part, this May to raise vital funds for charity Cash for Kids.

And the Chimney Corner dealership of Charles Hurst Renault has loaned the team a seven-seater car to provide much needed support for the duration of the gruelling 440-mile challenge.

Eamon said he was delighted to receive the support from Charles Hurst.

“We had been stuck for a vehicle until this offer came along,” he explained.

“We were on the look out for a vehicle which could support us for the cycle, and were considering having to hire one.

“But obviously now, thanks to John (Platt) at Charles Hurst, that is money that can go straight to the charity and we very much appreciate it.”

The team will be setting out on the challenge from the airport on May 10.

Eamon told the Times that his all important training is going well, and said he is delighted with the support he’s received so far.

“Charles Hurst has joined Belfast International Airport and the airport’s branch of Starbucks to support us and we are delighted with the fundraising so far.

“Training is going well, I’m either in the gym or out on the roads. Hopefully we get the weather for it.

“I don’t mind the cold, but if it’s raining that will be the problem, and we’re going through Ireland, so we are expecting the worst.”

Charles Hurst sales manager John Platt said the company was delighted to lend its support to Eamon and his colleagues.

“Every year Cash for Kids raises thousands of pounds for local children and young people who have special needs or who simply need extra care or guidance. That’s why Charles Hurst Renault Chimney Corner will be supporting Eamon and the team in their charity cycle challenge in order to help the local community,” he commented.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Mizen to Malin cycle fundraiser can log on to www.justgiving.com/Eamon8781. Alternatively, they have a text line set up for donations. Simply text ‘Bike14’ followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070.