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Laois involvement in ‘Freezbury Challenge’ aiming to raise funds for Pieta House

Freezbury Pieta House

A group of young men are putting their bodies to the test this February in a bid to raise money for the suicide prevention charity Pieta House.

A group of nine lads, including two from Laois, are more than halfway through the Freezbury Challenge.

Throughout the month of February, they have committed to getting into an open water source ever day – typically in freezing conditions.

They did one minute on February 1, two minutes on February 2 and so on until they reach February 28.

Laois senior footballer Ciaran Burke, from Crettyard, and Oisin Byrne, the owner of StockSport and Arles-Killeen native, are among the group.

While two former Knockbeg College students, Ben Crotty and Fionn Bergin, are also taking part.

Paul Deeney, Barry Gray, Conor Duffy, Dylan Lynch and Michael Sugrue complete the group.

The lads are hoping to raise €2,000 and are almost half way there.

A spokesperson for the group said: “Pieta provide free counselling to those with suicidal ideation, those engaging in self-harm, and those bereaved by suicide.

“Staff are fully qualified and provide a professional one-to-one therapeutic service.

“They do incredible work and we appreciate any donation that can be made as it all goes to a very good cause.”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so below:

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.