Keep Er Lit For PIPS Truck Run Raises £55,000

The recent Keep Er Lit For PIPS Truck Run in memory of Stephen Farrell which saw 322 lorries roll into the tiny village of Camlough on the outskirts of Newry, raised over £55,000.

The organisers recently presented a cheque for £55,512.69 to Seamus McCabe and Paudy Heart of the PIPS Hope and Support charity.

“We couldn’t have achieved this unbelievable success without the support of individuals, organisations and businesses, locally and nationwide,” said a spokesman for the organisers. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the management at S.A.F.E Fuels and committee at Shane O’Neills Camlough for yet again pulling out all the stops in providing us with two fantastic show grounds.”

He added: “A special mention to Stephen’s family, in particular his brother Brian and son Callum who assisted us immensely throughout the planning stages and on the big day. Thanks also to Seamus McCabe and Padraig Harte at PIPS for your patience and professionalism in dealing with all the admin work and endless queries from ourselves.

“We were also very pleased to present Seamus with a plaque for his outstanding commitment and dedication to the community and to all who have benefitted from the invaluable services PIPS provide. To the volunteers who assisted us throughout the day, thank you, and to all the individuals, businesses and entertainment providers, we will be forever grateful for your generosity and kindness.”

PIPS Hope & Support say the money was the largest amount raised from one fundraising campaign. It was the third such event over the years, bringing the total amount raised for all three to over £120,000.