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Friday 17 August 2018

Chef Derry Clarke to cycle through pain barrier in suicide charity fundraiser

Colm Smyth, Ian Walsh, chef Derry Clark and David O'Donoghoe at the start of the Console East West Cycle from Celbridge to Galway.
Colm Smyth, Ian Walsh, chef Derry Clark and David O'Donoghoe at the start of the Console East West Cycle from Celbridge to Galway.

He chipped a bone in his shoulder, but Derry Clarke will have to fight the pain when he cycles through France in aide of suicide awareness.

The chef will set out on a 700km Paris2Nice challenge this weekend, raising €125,000 for the national suicide prevention charity Console.

Even though his doctors do not approve, the L'Ecrivain restaurateur will pedal for six straight days. He told the Herald that he expected it to be a difficult week.

Derry, whose teenage son Andrew took his own life in December 2012, suffered a broken shoulder and torn ligaments when he was hit by a car during a training session.

"Of all the times to do it, I damaged it in training - but I'm to suck it up and get on with it," he said.

"I'm not really looking forward to it and I don't want to know how many hills there'll be, I'll take it day by day. There are 17 charities benefiting from this overall and that's fantastic.

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"You'd be surprised by the amount of people who have supported us - I think we Irish are very good at that, supporting each other," he said.

Derry and the team, which includes Chapter One's Ross Lewis, will join 90 other cyclists covering an average of 120 to 140km a day on their odyssey and aim to reach Nice at 6pm on Thursday, September 25.

Derry's wife, Sally Anne, will be there waiting for him at the finish line.

Console offers counselling services and 24-hour helpline support to people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide (Freephone 1800 247 247).

People can donate by searching for Derry Clarke on the My Charity.ie website or can simply text Console to 50300 to pledge €4.

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