Football pundit Liam Beckett's sit-out raises £4,200
BBC football pundit and former Irish League boss Liam Beckett raised over £4,200 during his 'Black Santa' sit-out.
The charity fundraiser - along with some little helpers - carried out his annual sit-out at High Street in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, from December 19 until Christmas Eve with funds raised boosting three charities - St Vincent de Paul, Drop Inn Ministries and The Salvation Army.
Big-hearted donations included the savings of a school pupil from Balnamore who put away money throughout the year in order to donate.
Liam admitted to being taken aback at the total, up on last year. He said: "I am absolutely over the Moon." Even with the downturn in the economy people dug deep, I'm delighted.
"I think this year's total is up by around 25% compared to last year, which is brilliant. It is a real team effort now.
"It is not only myself but also Elizabeth Johnston at Ballymoney Borough Council and also council staff Janice, Julie and Jean, who have been keeping an eye on finances.
"Eddie Cassells allowed us the use of his safe to store the money in and the PSNI helped escort me down with the cash."