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Bike rescued from skip helps raise €100,000

AN OLD bicycle retrieved from a skip has raised more than €100,000 for charitable causes over the past seven years.

The bike, which needed tyres and tubes and cost €24 to put back on the road, was pulled from the skip by Alphonsus Surpless (79), known as Phonsie.

The sandal-clad pensioner from Dromore outside Letterkenny, Co Donegal, is a keen cyclist. Mr Surpless has already completed many trips on his bike to religious sites, including Lough Derg.

Mr Surpless's most recent sponsored cycle was to Croagh Patrick and back. The 140-mile trip to Co Mayo took him four days. That cycle was to gather funds to allow poor families in the Tasovcici Refugee Camp, Capljina, near Medjugorje, to build a new church.

"As a result of this bike being taken out of the skip, I've accumulated more than €100,000 for charitable causes and, God willing, there's a few miles left in me yet," he said.

Irish Independent