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Cycle for Care – A Family Affair

Posted on: March 20th, 2017

Paul Kimmage and Daughter Evelyn pedal in aid of The IHF

Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage this week called on cycling enthusiasts nationwide to join him and his daughter Evelyn on a 600km challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation this June.

The duo, along with many others, will be leading the way in the picturesque Porto to Lisbon event and pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service.

This service is provided via the Irish Cancer Society night nursing service. More information on using the night nursing service is available  here

Full details can be found HERE or by calling 01 6793188.

Repro Free: Monday 16th January 2017. Former cycling pro Paul Kimmage and his daughter Evelyn today called on cycling enthusiasts to join them and cycle for care on a 600km challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation this June. The duo, pictured in UCD today will be leading the way in the picturesque Porto to Lisbon event and pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. Picture Jason Clarke.

The Sunday Independent journalist said: “I’ve cycled for this worthy cause for the past two years. On those journeys I’ve heard inspirational stories from fellow cyclists about Nurses for Night Care service. Nurses work throughout the night enabling people to spend their final days at home with families by their side. This year my daughter Evelyn is joining me making it an even more special experience as family is everything.”

“End of life affects every village and street. We all wish for a peaceful and comfortable experience for our dearest during their final chapter and this IHF service makes that possible. I’m encouraging cyclists of all abilities to join me and Evelyn and pedal the picturesque Portuguese coastline. It’s a hugely rewarding experience,” said Paul.

The Kingspan-sponsored cycle, which has raised €1.5m for the IHF since it started in 2009, takes place from June 25th to July 1st along the charming coastline of Portugal. Helen McVeigh, IHF Events Manager, said 2,475 families have been cared for by the Nurses for Night Care service with 7,200 nights of care provided since it was established. This service is provided via the Irish Cancer Society night nursing service.

“Pedal power can make a real difference so please join us and help support families and caregivers nationwide. Paul continues to be an amazing ambassador for this cycle and we’re delighted to have such a high profile sportsman leading the challenge and raising funds for this vital nursing service.

Huge thanks to our sponsors Kingspan for their continued support and to all cyclists who’ve raised funds in the past.”

This is a fantastic way to challenge yourself and see the beautiful coastline and countryside of Portugal. Starting in Porto and staying in historic towns along the way to Lisbon, you will be supported throughout your journey by our team.  Flights, accommodation and full board are included and full details can be found HERE or by calling 01 6793188.

Repro Free: Monday 16th January 2017. Former cycling pro Paul Kimmage and his daughter Evelyn today called on cycling enthusiasts to join them and cycle for care on a 600km challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation this June. The duo, pictured in UCD today with Tommy Horkan age 9 and Laura Manning age 8 from Stillorgan, will be leading the way in the picturesque Porto to Lisbon event and pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. Picture Jason Clarke.

Caption: Former cycling pro Paul Kimmage and his daughter Evelyn today called on cycling enthusiasts to join them and cycle for care on a 600km challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation this June. The duo, pictured in UCD with Tommy Horkan age 9 and Laura Manning age 8 from Stillorgan, will be leading the way in the picturesque Porto to Lisbon event and pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service.

Repro Free: Monday 16th January 2017. Former cycling pro Paul Kimmage and his daughter Evelyn today called on cycling enthusiasts to join them and cycle for care on a 600km challenge in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation this June. The duo, pictured in UCD today with Tommy Horkan age 9 and Laura Manning age 8 from Stillorgan, will be leading the way in the picturesque Porto to Lisbon event and pedalling for the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care service. Picture Jason Clarke.

Listen to Paul and Evelyn’s radio ad urging cyclists to join them on the Porto to Lisbon cycle challenge

Paul Kimmage leads out cyclists on 600km cycle in aid of Nurses for Night Care service

Posted on: June 19th, 2015

Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage will be saying ‘Ciao!’ to Italy this Sunday, June 21st, as he gets in the saddle to support the Irish Hospice Foundation’s (IHF) 10th Cycle Challenge.

Kimmage will be pulling on his jersey and retracing some of the miles he covered as a professional in the iconic Giro d’Italia, on the Genoa to Rome charity cycle.

Paul is joining 52 cyclists from around the country on the Kingspan sponsored cycle, which has raised €1.3m for the IHF since it started in 2009. The group fly out from Dublin Airport on Sunday morning and begin the cycle challenge on Monday, June 22nd.

Cyclists this year hail from Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Galway, Kildare, Clare, Meath, Westmeath Roscommon, Mayo, Kilkenny and Down and range in age from 30 to 72-years-old.

Amongst the group are a father and son-in-law, siblings, cousins and groups of friends who have been training and fundraising hard in advance of the 600km challenge. The oldest cyclist is John O’Gorman from Tramore, Co. Waterford, who is taking part for the fifth time.

The first leg of the cycle starts on Monday as cyclists hit the road and pedal their way from La Spezia to Pisa. Over the course of five days they will make their way through the stunning Italian scenery taking in famous Tuscany landscapes, medieval villages and breath-taking coastal views, before finally finishing up in Rome on Friday, June 26th.

En route cyclists will have the chance to tackle the climb at Mount Serra – which was twice featured in the Giro, and a legendary training climb for many pro riders.

The Sunday Independent journalist Paul Kimmage said: “I’m looking forward to getting on my bike for the 2015 Kingspan IHF Genoa to Rome Cycle Challenge and tackling the route with the other cyclists in aid of the vital work of The Irish Hospice Foundation.

“There is not a family in Ireland that is not touched by death and most have had experience of the care and dedication of staff working with the hospice services.”

This year the money raised from the cycle will support the IHF’s Nurses for Night Care Service, which provided 1,538 nights of free nursing care at home to people with a non-malignant terminal illness in 2014.

Demand for the service is increasing and in 2015 the IHF hopes to provide 1,800 nights of care.

Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF, commented: ‘We are absolutely thrilled that Paul Kimmage is supporting our cycle this year. He is a sportsman who holds the admiration of the Irish people for the true grit he has displayed on and off the cycling track.

“The cycle is a crucial fundraiser and with demand growing we estimate that it will cost €600,000 to run our Nurses for Night Care service in 2015. This service is vital for patients and families and allows them to fulfil their wish of dying at home with dignity.”

She continued, “Paul and our 52 other cyclists are making a real difference to end of life care in Ireland. I’d like to say thank you to our sponsors Kingspan for their continued support and to all the cyclists who have fundraised so hard for us. Some of the cyclists are returning for the cycle again this year and we thank them for their continued support for the IHF.”

Join Paul Kimmage and cycle from Genoa to Rome for the Irish Hospice Foundation!

Posted on: February 1st, 2015

Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage will be saying ‘Ciao!’ to Italy this summer as he gets in the saddle to support the Irish Hospice Foundation’s 10th Cycle Challenge.

 

Kimmage will be pulling on his jersey and retracing some of the miles he covered in the iconic Giro d’Italia he raced as a professional on the Genoa to Rome cycle. Registration for the event closes on March 13th.

 

The Kingspan sponsored cycle, which has raised €1.3m for the IHF since it started in 2009, will take place from June 21st to 27th with a stunning Italian backdrop.

 

Beginning at the coast, cyclists will challenge themselves to cycle 600km in five days, wheeling from Genoa to Rome and taking in famous Tuscany landscapes, medieval villages and breath-taking coastal views.

 

En route cyclists will have the chance to tackle the climb at Mount Serra – which was twice featured in the Giro, and a legendary training climb for many pro riders.

 

Sunday Independent journalist Paul Kimmage, who launched the cycle on January 12th said: “I’m looking forward to getting on my bike for the 2015 Kingspan IHF Genoa to Rome Cycle Challenge. As well as being a vital fundraiser for the important work of the Irish Hospice Foundation, the cycle routes planned are fantastic and I would encourage cyclists of all abilities to consider getting on their bike for this worthy fundraiser.”

 

“There is not a family in Ireland that is not touched by death and most have had experience of the care and dedication of staff working with the hospice services.”

 

As in previous years the cycle will offer two routes on some of the days, allowing stronger cyclists tackle some extra “Giro” climbs.

 

In the past all ages have completed the cycle – from twenty-year-olds, right up to male and female cyclists in their seventies. Couples, siblings, colleagues, friends and cyclists of all abilities have all come along for the adventure.

 

Since the cycle challenge began in 2009, €1.3 has been raised to support the work of the IHF. This year the money raised will support the Nurses for Night Care Service, which provides over 1,400 nights of free nursing care at home annually to people with a non-malignant terminal illness.

 

Sharon Foley, CEO of the IHF, commented: ‘We are absolutely thrilled that Paul Kimmage is supporting our cycle this year. He is a sportsman who holds the admiration of the Irish people for the true grit he has displayed on and off the cycling track.

“The Cycle is a crucial fundraiser and with demand growing we estimate that it will cost €500,000 to run our Nurses for Nightcare Programme in 2015. This service is vital for patients and families and allows them to fulfil their wish of dying at home with dignity.

 

“By getting ‘on your bike’ people can make a real difference to end of life care in Ireland. I’d like to say thank you to our sponsors Kingspan for their continued support and to all the cyclists that have fundraised so hard for us in the past. We look forward to welcoming some new and also familiar faces to our Italian cycle this year.”

 

Participants on the Genoa to Rome Cycle Challenge have a fundraising target of €2,990.  There is a special offer for teams of four signing up of a reduced fundraising target of €2,740 per person.

 

A full training guide is provided and the team in Cycling Safaris are available to advise and help those thinking of taking on the challenge and those signed up for the cycle.

 

For more information on registration and the cycle see here