Piper set for 50-day challenge for charity

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A PIPER is set to travel 50,000 miles in 50 days on a seven continent piping challenge hoping to raise £50,000 for the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines Charity and Julia’s House.

Irene Robinson, 57, who works as a forensic health practitioner, will play the bagpipes at iconic locations across seven continents, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall, San Francisco’s Alcatraz, Antarctica’s Port Lockroy, Auckland’s Sky Tower, Sydney’s Captain Cook’s Cruises, Johannesburg’s Regina Mundi Catholic Church, amongst others, finishing in London’s HMS Belfast on February 27.

Irene said: ‘I have made this challenge as big as I can because I want to raise £50,000 for two charities that are close to my heart.

‘I will be travelling 50,000 miles in 50 days across seven continents and so a pound a mile seems reasonable with my “glass half full” mentality.’

Irene, of Poole played at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard with The Royal Navy Pipe Band Association on launch day on Sunday, January 10.