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Ex-Ulster ace Chris Henry raises £150k for charity after stroke

Events: Chris Henry
Events: Chris Henry

By David Reed

A former Ulster and Ireland rugby star whose career was threatened by a mini-stroke has raised £150,000 for charity.

Chris Henry, a Belfast Telegraph columnist, donated the cash to Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke.

The year-long fundraising drive was part of his testimonial season, where a series of events were planned to celebrate his sporting career.

Events included a black-tie gala dinner in Belfast City Hall, a golf day, a comedy night and a trek to Mount Toubkal in Morocco.

Chris began to work in partnership with Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke after a mini-stroke threatened to cut short his playing career in 2014.

He used his testimonial season to raise awareness of the charity, as well as raising funds to support its work.

Much of the money raised by Chris will go towards tackling physical activity in primary schools.

He said: "Adopting a healthy lifestyle from a young age is proven to be the most effective measure against contracting heart problems in later life, so it's crucially important that all children can regularly take part in physical activity.

"My love of sport opened many doors for me, both professionally and personally, so I'm pleased that the money raised will enable Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke to deliver educational programmes in primary schools.

"I want to see as many young people as possible becoming involved with sport and having access to these same opportunities in the future."

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