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Patrick Kielty gearing up to get on bike for Sport Relief

Patrick Kielty and a whole host of celebrities will be getting on their bikes this year and cycling 1,000 miles to try and raise £1m for Sport Relief.

Kielty will be joined by the likes of Sport Relief veteran David Walliams, Jimmy Carr and Davina McCall on a non-stop relay from John O’Groats to Land's End, with a documentary broadcast on the BBC in the run-up to the Sport Relief Weekend on March 19-21.

Speaking at the launch, Kielty said: “As soon as I heard about the challenge from David Walliams I was all for it. I mean he swam the English Channel in 2006 and was automatically made a saint. Then Cheryl Cole climbed Kilimanjaro — automatic saint. So when I was asked I forgot about the good cause and vanity took over, I want to become a saint as well.

“All joking aside though, it is for a very good cause and though it is going to be a very gruelling challenge I imagine it will be great craic with all the people that are doing it. Am I prepared for it? Not exactly, no.”

Closer to home the Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with the fund-raiser to give local organisations the chance to apply for their share of a £1m fund raised through Sport Relief. The Community Cash initiative will distribute £62,500 worth of grants to communities across Greater Belfast. Applications can be accessed below.

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