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Wednesday, 12 June, 2002, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Hollywood legend donates charity cheque
Jim Hardie at the Blue Bell, York
Landlord Jim Hardie wants to frame the cheque
Movie star Paul Newman has helped a York landlord's fundraising bike ride with a cheque for $1,500 (1,026).

Jim Hardie, landlord of the Blue Bell in York, was amazed when he opened a cardboard box packed with 'Newman's Own' T-shirts and baseball caps, and found the cheque from the actor.

The Hollywood star had heard about the charity race from one of his employees, who had been drinking in the historic pub on a trip to the UK.

Mr Hardie, 42, plans to cycle 240 miles from London to York on the Dick Turpin Cycle Ride in July.


I am going to ask the bank whether they can give it back after it is cashed so I can frame it and put it up in the pub

Jim Hardie, landlord

The money he raises will go to the Lidgett Grove School in Acomb and the York District Hospital's children's ward.

The story began when American businessman Thomas Indoe, vice-president of the charitable food concern Newman's Own, saw the sponsor form and poster in the pub and backed Mr Hardie's ride at 1 a mile.

Mr Indoe then returned to the US and told his employer about the money-raising effort.

The cheque - signed by the 77-year-old actor himself - is made out to the school.

Paul Newman
The actor is well-known for his charity work

"I am going to give it to the headmaster and then ask the bank whether they can give it back after it is cashed so I can frame it and put it up in the pub," Mr Hardie said.

And in a further charitable effort, one of Mr Hardie's customers has topped the Hollywood star's gesture.

The $1,500 cheque - which equals 1,026 - encouraged regular Paul Martin to donate a cheque for 1,027.

"The idea is to raise as much money as possible so it's great news," said Mr Hardie.


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