Pedal for Patto

Former Irish international Kyle McCallan is getting on his bike to help former teammate Andy Patterson.

Patterson, who won 60 caps between 1996 and 2002 was diagnosed in 2013 with Spastic Paraplegia – a rare hereditary disorder which will result in wheelchair confinement.

Andy Patterson, far left, pictured with Allan Rutherford, Derek Heasley and Kyle McCallan.

Kyle along with a group of colleagues and friends have organised a 24-hour cycle starting on April 10 which will travel 403km around 32 clubs in the NCU. They have set themselves a goal of raising £15,000.

“Andy isn’t able to teach any more,” said McCallan. "He’s in an administration role now which obviously had implications in terms of his salary and there’s significant costs in terms of renovating his house.

“There was an initial GoFundMe done by a friend of Andy’s. It went well and we felt as a group of friends here from the cricketing community to do something as a show of support.

The Pedal4Patto Brochure

“Andy has battled this very courageously. For a fit, strong, fabulous sportsman to be going through what he’s going through mentally as well as physically is very, very tough.” ‘

Pedal 4 Patto is planned for Saturday, April 10, starting at Monaghan CC and finishing at Carrick, visiting 32 clubs in total on the day. You can follow online on Twitter (@pedalforpatto), Instagram (@pedal4patto) and Facebook (Pedal4Patto).

In addition, Irish Independent cricket correspondent David Townsend has pledged £5 to Pedal4Patto for every copy of his forthcoming book Do They Play Cricket in Ireland? ordered directly from the author.

From worrying about Gibraltar to worrying Australia – Do They Play Cricket in Ireland is the inside story of a remarkable 25-year journey that culminated in the Boys in Green playing a Test match at Lord’s, and will be published by Pitch in April.

The hardback is available for £16.99, including postage and packing, to anywhere in the UK.

Contact David Townsend or Barry Eunan Chambers on Facebook/Messenger for details, or @do_cricket on Twitter.