22nd Mar, 2019

Ironman turns cowboy for charity fundraiser

Laura Kearns 16th Feb, 2018 Updated: 19th Feb, 2018

CLINT Eastwood is lending his support to a charity fundraiser in Warwick.

Tony Stinton is planning to take on the Hamburg Ironman triathlon in July to raise money for two charities close to his heart – Macmillan and Combat Stress.

The ironman challenge will see the 48-year-old take on a two-and-a-half mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and then a full 26 mile marathon.

And to add even more money to the charity pot, he is holding a Cowboy Casino night complete with gambling tables, croupiers, live music, and a raffle, with prizes including private flying lessons and a personal chef.

The fundraiser is on Saturday March 3 at the Nelson Club, and will include an auction with lots including a signed Clint Eastwood poster.

Tony said: “I took up triathlons two years ago after doing a wolf run and being encouraged to give it a go by a friend. I did Stratford sprint triathlon but felt a bigger challenge might generate a bigger pot for the charities.

“My wife had an aggressive form of breast cancer and a mastectomy seven years ago. Her mum died of lung cancer one year later. They were both supported by Macmillan.

“Apparently by 2020 one in two people will get some form of cancer, so felt it personally and just wanted to do my bit.

“I chose Combat Stress, which supports veterans with PTSD, anxiety and depression, because I have friends that have used their services and one that currently is being helped by them. I have a huge respect and admiration for our armed forces and thought this would be a small thing I could do to help them and help others.”

Tickets to the Cowboy Casino night, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £15 including campfire ‘trail’ stew. Fancy dress is encouraged.

Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Tonystinton to sponsor Tony in the triathlon or email tonystinton@googlemail.com to book tickets to the Cowboy Casino night.

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