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Thursday 12 December 2019

400 women in the running for date with hunk Robert after raising charity cash

OVER 400 women are attempting to date famous actor Robert Sheehan.

The heartthrob proved to be the winning lure for charity Debra Ireland's Mini Marathon drive this year as they have signed up a record number of women eager to win a date with the actor.

Anyone who raises over €150 will be in with a chance of winning a date with the Love/Hate star.

The organisation helps children who suffer from Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – a condition that means the skin is so delicate it blisters at the slightest touch.

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Funds raised will go towards keeping their first ever EB nurse on the road.

The actor, who played Darren in the hit RTE drama, has agreed to take five ladies who raise funds for the charity out for dinner on a date in the near future.

Figures increased by at least one third from last year when the organisation had around 300 participants.

"We are over the moon with the volume of the people we have this year, it's the largest group we've ever had," Susan Woodcock of Debra Ireland, told the Herald.

"Our Lady's Hospital helped us to get the nurse, now our EB home nursing service is in place.

"Every footstep that they make will help keep our nurse Anne-Marie on the road.

"Having a qualified EB nurse who visits families in their own homes and is accessible at all times will be vitally important."

The organisation aims at raising a huge chunk of the €90,000 needed to keep the service in place. Robert (25) is the third celebrity to donate his time to the worthy cause.

Rugby star Jonny Sexton (27) provided fundraisers with insights into training for the event.

And Robert's initiative follows on from Colin Farrell's dinner date with Debra Ireland fundraisers in 2010.

Tens of thousands of women will take to the streets of Dublin this Bank Holiday Monday. The 10km route will take participants from Fitzwilliam Square, as far as the Stillorgan Dual Carriageway and back to St Stephen's Green.

Results will be available in a souvenir pull-out in the Herald on Tuesday, June 4.

clairemurphy@herald.ie

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