Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Tony McCoy on target for charity

Tony McCoy headed a panel of experts who landed a series of McLean's Bookmakers charity bets, which won £4,000

Champion jockey Tony McCoy – who yesterday moved to 99 winners for the season – headed a panel of experts who landed a series of McLean's Bookmakers charity bets, resulting in £4,000 being handed over to worthy causes.

St Vincent De Paul and The Hub BT80, both based in Cookstown, were given a number of free £100 charity bets by McLean's during the Cheltenham Festival earlier this year.

The bets were placed on behalf of the charities by a panel of racing experts including McCoy, trainer John 'Shark' Hanlon, TV personality Pamela Ballantine and pundit Adrian Logan at a McLean's Cheltenham preview event at Cookstown's Glenavon House Hotel.

The total winnings stand at £4,000 and the money has been divided evenly between the two charities.

Paul McLean, from McLean's Bookmakers, said: "We wanted to do something a little different to help raise money for local causes and saw Cheltenham as a perfect opportunity to use our experts to generate some cash through the free bets.

"St Vincent De Paul and The Hub BT80 do some tremendous work in Cookstown and the surrounding area and I'm delighted to present them with their winnings."

St Vincent De Paul is dedicated to combating poverty in the local community through assistance with food, heat and clothing as well as advice on debt relief and money management.

Denis Loughrey, from St Vincent De Paul, said: "It's not every day that you get a legend like AP McCoy picking winners on your behalf and I'd like to thank everyone at McLean's Bookmakers for their generous donation which will enable us to continue to support the vulnerable and those who are struggling."

The Hub BT80 is a venue centred within the local community and provides access to drama, arts, crafts and music for all.

Carol Doey from the charity said: "We are absolutely thrilled to receive this money – donations like this mean we can continue to make a positive impact on the lives of people from Cookstown."

McCoy won at Worcester yesterday on board Christopher Wren and is expected to hit the unprecedented 4,000 career winner mark next month.

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