Northern Ireland-based distributor, Stephens Catering Equipment, has backed a bid by a local takeaway owner to raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission charity.
Stephens was one of the sponsors of Malachy Mallon, owner of the Dolphin Takeaway in Dungannon, in his bid to complete a solo cycle to the UK’s top 10 fish and chip shops.
The challenge was named ‘Mal On A Mission’ and took place over this summer. Mallon cycled for 1,500 miles, over 19 consecutive days, across Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
The effort raised £9,000 for the Fishermen’s Mission charity, with Mallon handing over the cheque last month at a special event organised by South West College in Dungannon.
Mallon said: “I’m grateful to everyone who supported me throughout my mission and I’d particularly like to thank my cycle sponsors, McWhinney’s Sausages and secondary sponsors, Stephens Catering Equipment and Duncrue Food Processors.
“Fishing remains the most dangerous peacetime occupation in the UK and this amazing charity depends totally on donations; they don’t receive any government funding or lottery money, so it’s really important to help these guys continue the crucial work of supporting our brave UK Fishermen.”