Cyclists raise funds for the London Irish Ward Appeal
A major fundraising event is taking place to raise much needed funds for The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) Charity, and CMRF Crumlin, the fundraising body of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Dublin. At 7 am on Wednesday 3 May, eight sponsored cyclists set off from the RNOH’s main site in Stanmore and will arrive at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Dublin, at 7 pm on Friday 5 May.
The next day, a Charity Cycle Dinner for 300 people will take place at The Radisson Blu St Helen’s, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, to celebrate the successful completion of the cycle ride and to raise even more money for both charities.
The Appeal aims to build and fit out one of the RNOH’s new 32-bed adult wards. This ward will treat patients with a range of complex conditions, such as bone tumours, spinal deformity and sarcoma, a rare form of cancer requiring highly specialised treatment. As the end point of the cycle challenge is Dublin, it was decided that this particular event would benefit Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital as well as the RNOH. Thanks to the incredible generosity of its supporters, the London Irish Ward Appeal has already raised £513,960 to date.
Commenting at the launch of the cycle ride, chief event organiser Alan O’Reilly said: “This event marks the culmination of many months of training for our dedicated cyclists. While the weather has relented over the last few weeks, our cyclists have all braved a number of cold, dark and often wet weekend mornings to get themselves into peak condition for this challenging 250-plus mile cycle. Huge thanks to our sponsors, to our Cycle Committee, and of course to our intrepid cyclists themselves. We really are hugely appreciative of everyone’s hard work and generosity.”
Professor Tim Briggs, the RNOH’s Director of Strategy and External Relations, said: “The funds raised through this event, and through the London Irish Appeal as a whole, will quite simply transform the experience of the RNOH’s patients. They will enable us to purchase a range of equipment which will significantly improve our patients’ comfort, and the quality of care we can offer them. We cannot thank Tim Kelly, the Chairman of the Kelly Group, and the London Irish group enough for their support.”