Conor showed there may be some truth to the old adage about “the luck of the Irish” as picked winning horse Rule The World for his charity bet at this year’s Grand National.
In doing so he raised хЃ216.15 for the Steve Prescott Foundation as the horse went on to romp home the race at 33-1. Conor’s selection even got a mention on the BBC’s live coverage via their website.
Conor’s charity bet winnings will go towards this year’s grueling challenge The Everest Base Camp, where a party of climbers led by SPF Trustee Ade Cunliffe will set off on 13th October and return to the UK on 28th October.
Personalities already pledging to undertake this challenge are St Helens actor Michael Parr who plays bad boy Ross Barton in ITV’s Emmerdale and rugby league legends Lee Briers, Barrie McDermott, Alan Hunte, Chico Jackson, Mike Wainwright, Ade Gardner, Iestyn Harris and Neil Harmon.
The party will arrive in Kathmandu and then face an eleven day trek to Nepal Everest Base Camp and then continue to “Kala Pattar” to reach a finishing height of 5645 meters above sea level. The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. The trek is considered strenuous and will be a test of fitness, stamina and determination for all the climbers.
Commenting Conor said:
“As a keen horse-racing man who likes an occasional bet it’s always nice to have a winner, but especially in the Grand National and even more so when I backed Rule The World as my charity bet for the Steve Prescott Foundation.
“Every little helps and хЃ216.25 will be heading to the SPF as a little help from me towards making 2016 their million pound year, thanks to a great horse, jockey and trainer and an unusually generous bookie.
“I would also like to wish all those undertaking the Everest Base Camp Challenge the best of luck and I hope million pound target is reached as deserved.”