Valleys mechanic's 'oil-bucket' challenge goes viral

INTERNET HIT: Colin Myrick gets drenched in oil for his version of the ice-bucket challenge

INTERNET HIT: Colin Myrick gets drenched in oil for his version of the ice-bucket challenge

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A VIDEO of a Valleys motor fitter being soaked in 30 litres of engine oil has gone viral on social media and raised more than £1,000 for charity.

Colin Meyrick, a contracted fitter at Coopers Car Sales in Ystrad Mynach and runs his own business Autotec in Aberbargoed, took the soaking after an evening's conversation in the pub about the charity "Ice Bucket Challenge" craze.

The video, recorded on August 23, has since gathered more than 18,000 likes, 59,000 shares and half a million views on Facebook, as well as almost 8,500 extra views on YouTube.

It shows Mr Meyrick, 46, from Llanhilleth standing in a box and being doused in engine oil by sales manager Luke Davies, 28, and Lewys Phillips, 28, who owns Coopers Car Sales.

Mr Phillips said he was at the pub with Mr Meyrick, who lost his mother to cancer earlier this year, and Mr Davies the day before.

"I made a comment that I'd give £300 to charity to see Colin do the challenge with oil," said Mr Phillips, who has owned the business for four years.

"Other people offered to give £50 or £20. In Aberbargoed we raised £700, in Markham we raised £150 and more than £400 in Abertillery, all in one night. From saying it to doing it was about 16 hours."

The cash, which included donations from Llanhilleth, will go towards Cancer Research in memory of Mr Myrick's mother Maver, said Mr Phillips.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been taken up online across the world, sees friends nominate one another to be soaked in iced water in a bid to raise money to research motor neurone disease.

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5:18pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Calon_Lan says...

Rather a strange dare since exposure to engine oil is a well known cause of skin cancer. At least iced water will only give you a chill.
Rather a strange dare since exposure to engine oil is a well known cause of skin cancer. At least iced water will only give you a chill. Calon_Lan
  • Score: 1

6:31pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Limestonecowboy says...

Certainy wouldn't recommend seems a little irresponsible.
Certainy wouldn't recommend seems a little irresponsible. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: -2

6:58pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Neil0505 says...

Not so much of a dare. Plus I think it is only frequent exposure that affects the skin. Plus surely you can see the other one as dangerous too. A sudden shock to the body I.e the freezing water is quite likely to cause shock/pneumonia and potentially heart attack. But surely once is fine?
Not so much of a dare. Plus I think it is only frequent exposure that affects the skin. Plus surely you can see the other one as dangerous too. A sudden shock to the body I.e the freezing water is quite likely to cause shock/pneumonia and potentially heart attack. But surely once is fine? Neil0505
  • Score: 4

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