IHF CYCLE CHALLENGE 20.20.20
This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have a new plan. We are calling on everyone to get on their bike to help raise vital funds for our Nurses for Night Care.
20km – €20 – 20 June 2020
Why not be a part of the team challenge this year? Instead of cycling 600km with 60 people, simply cycle 20km on 20th June 2020 and donate €20. You will be part of a national team raising funds and keeping within the 20km restrictions in place for leisure activity. Any pedal power counts; bicycle, electric bike, static bike -the choice is yours. You might even persuade 20 friends to sponsor you or take up the challenge themselves.
Together we can raise vital funds and ensure that those facing end-of-life can avail of nursing care in their own homes.
We would love to see your photos, in training for the big challenge, on the day itself or celebrating after. Please share on social media and tag #IHFCycle202020. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why we need your support
The Cycle Challenge is usually our biggest annual fundraising event for Nurses for Night Care. This service enables people with non-cancer related illnesses to spend their final days at home whilst receiving professional nursing care. As it cannot go ahead this year, it will leave a huge gap in funding for this vital frontline service. The demand for Nurses for Night Care increases each year and funds raised by cyclists have been vital in helping us to keep up with this demand. This year, we estimate we will need to raise €850,000 to continue to provide this service to all those that need it. We are appealing to the public to help us by supporting the IHF Cycle 20 20 20 Challenge.
Below are what families who have used this service have said about it:
“It’s just so crucial that a person you love, a hero in their own way through life – has their wishes met and has a dignified and fitting end to their life. Without the Night Care Nurse that would not have happened.”
“The nurse was wonderful; from the moment she arrived she could not have been better. We knew she was going to mind our mother from a medical point of view, but she also minded us. My brother said she was like an angel; she was so professional and caring.”
“She had a really good life and a really good death, in her own bed, in her own home. You couldn’t ask for better than that.”
Paul Kimmage and daughter Evelyn are the ambassadors for the IHF Cycle Challenge. Speaking about this new fundraising effort, Paul said:
On all my journeys with the IHF, I have heard many poignant and touching stories from my fellow cyclists about these inspirational nurses and the care they provide at the end of life. The gift of a peaceful and comfortable final chapter for our loved ones is one we all would love to give, especially in these uncertain and challenging time. In supporting this new IHF Cycle Challenge, by taking part or through raising funds, we will help to make this possible for more and more families.
Kingspan Ltd has been the sponsor for each edition of The IHF Cycle Challenge since it began in 2009. We are very grateful for their amazing support and friendship and are delighted to have them on board again for 2020 which will be the 11th anniversary of their sponsorship.
2019 IHF Cycle in Italy
Huge thanks to everyone that took part and supported the IHF Cycle 2019. Fifty six cyclists took on the challenge of a 550km+ cycle across Northern Spain from Santander to Santiago to raise funds for Nurses for Night Care and Bereavement Support.
“Over the past ten years, this fantastic event has made a real difference to adults, children and families all over Ireland facing dying, death and bereavement. Thanks to the incredible fundraising by all our of cyclists people with diseases like dementia, motor neurone disease, advanced respiratory disease, heart failure and end stage kidney disease are able to receive expert care and support at night in their own homes in their final days. Thank you so much for your continued support”
Sharon Foley, CEO Irish Hospice Foundation
Sadly plans for our biggest annual event – this year due to be in the Dolomites, over the Stelvio and ending at Lake Como – have been put on hold due to Covid-19. We thank every cyclist that had signed up for the challenge – and to everyone that pledged to support them.
We are hugely disappointed of course and we extend our warm regards to all those in Northern Italy at this difficult time. We hope to be there next year, but in the meantime, the need to raise funds for our frontline Nurses for Night Care Service remains. Knowing this, one of our loyal cyclists came up with this different challenge closer to home.
Watch some past Cycle video diaries