Marathon man Paddy Sheridan-Ruddy is going the extra mile for charity – by getting an unusual sponsor’s logo tattooed on his leg.
After spotting a Facebook post from takeaway Indian Express on Fylde Road in Preston, Paddy offered the eaterie free advertising in return for donations to his favourite charity.
Paddy, 31, said: “My dad, Frank, had had a heart attack so I decided start raising money for the British Heart Foundation by running marathons.
“When I saw that Jamie had posted something about another takeaway giving their customer free curries for a year in return for getting their website tattooed on them, I got in touch with him to say I’d do the same in return for donations.
“He didn’t think I was being serious at first but once he realised I was, Jamie said he would pay me per mile and give me free curries for a year.”
The Talk Talk salesman, who works at Tulketh Mill in Preston, is no stranger to a tattoo or two and already had a number of inkings on his body including a dot-to-dot, an aeroplane across his stomach, ‘L’ and ‘R’ on his legs and an etching of an umbrella that was done “simply because it was raining at the time.”
He said: “I don’t believe that tattoos need to be sensible or deep and meaningful, they should just be fun.
“The Indian Express one is just another one to add to the collection really.”
Paddy will be running at least one running event every month for the next year, including 10ks and fun runs and plans to kick off his marathon mission in March in Barcelona.
“It’s not the first time I’ve done a marathon as I did Edinburgh last year but I’ll be helping a friend through her first marathon in Barcelona.
“Then it’s the Manchester marathon in April, Derry in May and I’ll be finishing with Berlin in September.
“But the aim is to do at least one race a month and raise plenty of money for the British Heart Foundation.”
Jamie said: “I put the post up as a laugh really, I was only half serious but when Paddy approached us we thought it would be a great way to raise money for charity.”
To sponsor Paddy, donate online at www.justgiving.com/patrick-sheridan-ruddy