When Ballymoney man Liam Beckett completed his first Black Santa sit out in 2005, little did he think he would still be going strong 10 years later.
The sports pundit and News Letter columnist gets this year’s campaign under way in his home town on December 12 – and he is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for several charities which are very dear to his heart.
“The charities are St Vincent De Paul and the Samaritans, of which I am an ambassador. There’s Can Can Compass group, they are a local group and I love them to bits. I’m also their patron. Then there is the Salvation Army and Drop In Ministeries.
“The support I get from the public is unbelievable.
“I’ve had my first donation already from a chap who drove up from Lurgan and the Press Golf Association also donated to Black Santa.
“I love it when folk come and chat to me, it helps the day pass. I’ve had people come from all over the Province to make donations which is humbling.
“Every year the total goes up so you always want to beat the previous year – so hopefully this year is no exception.”