A KARATE expert will attempt to set a record for breaking 300 roof tiles with his bare hands this weekend.

Black belt Fergal Hughes will tackle the punishing test of strength at Farnworth Cricket Club, in Lavender Road, on Saturday night.

The 39-year-old is offering people the chance to win £50 by guessing the time it will take him complete the task.

It promises to be the highlight of a charity event, featuring a disco, karaoke, raffles and more.

It is all in aid of Meningitis Now, which funds research into the potentially fatal brain condition.

Mr Hughes of Ryuku Karate Club, said: “The most I’ve done before is 100, this is massive, it’s no small feat.

“But I’m confident in my own ability it’s going to happen, no matter what, if I break my right hand I will use my left hand!”

Feargal is also a keen darts player and, together with his Pat’s Lads team-mate Darren Bentley, has sworn off beer and takeaways until April to raise cash for Meningitis Now.

The pair have been abstaining since January, and their willpower is still holding strong.

Fergal added: “It’s been hard work, but we have been sticking at. I’ve been training every day keeping fit by getting on the treadmill.”

And he says the cause is particularly close to the duo’s hearts as one of Darren’s relatives only recently recovered from meningitis.

He added: “It ‘s hard at the weekend when all the family is having a drink, but I know it’s for a worthy cause.”

The charity event takes place from 7pm till late.

To donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/darrenandfergal