ICU4U Memorial Charity Cycle
Frontline medical staff throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will cycle to the Memorial Gardens at Islandbridge in Dublin this September, to remember those who have lost their lives to Covid-19. They aim to raise €150,000 for those impacted by the secondary challenges of the pandemic through 4 chosen charity partners:
• ALONE (supporting older people)
• Aware (mental health supports)
• Aware NI (depression supports in Northern Ireland)
• Breakthrough Cancer Research (new treatments for poor prognosis and difficult to treat cancers).
The ICU4U event will see small teams of ICU doctors, nurses, paramedics, ambulance drivers, other healthcare staff and Gardai depart from each of the six nationwide University Hospitals in Cork, Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Waterford on 2-3 September, with midway points in Dundalk, Athlone, Portlaoise and Kilkenny. The cyclists will pass through as many community hospitals as possible en route to Dublin, collecting white roses along the way to represent lives lost to the virus.
At the cycle’s destination on Friday 3rd September, a brief commemoration ceremony will be held (in line with public health restrictions) at the Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge. The ceremony will remember the victims of Covid-19 in front of 7000+ white roses, which will be displayed at the gardens for the weekend.
On Saturday 4th September, members of the public will be invited to visit the commemoration site to take a rose and remember a loved one, making a charitable donation if they so wish.
Remembering 7000+ lives lost to Covid-19
The 2-day ICU4U Cycle, which will strictly adhere to public health restrictions, will remember all those who lost their lives to Covid-19. It is a collaboration between healthcare staff at The Mater Dublin, Cork University Hospital, The Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, Galway University Hospital, Limerick University Hospital, Crumlin/Temple St, Sligo University Hospital, and Waterford University Hospital.
The event follows on from last year’s ICU4U fundraising cycle when doctors, nurses and staff from Ireland’s Intensive Care Units (ICU) successfully raised €120,000 for these charities. At the time, many working in the ICU felt uncomfortable with being labelled heroic and wanted to turn the focus back on those most in need and help charities to raise funds to keep their services running.
We hope you will support this collaboration of the medical community to help us remember those who have lost their lives over the past 18 months and to provide hope for the future for others. To donate, click on the blue button at the top right of this page
Thank You to Our Sponsors
More than half of the fundraising target has already been reached through incredible corporate sponsorship.
ALONE is a national organisation that enables older people to age at home, safely and securely. We work with all older people, including those who are lonely, isolated, frail or ill, homeless, living in poverty, or are facing other difficulties. ALONE provide an integrated system of Support Coordination, Practical Supports, Befriending, a variety of Phone Services, Social Prescribing, Housing with Support and Assistive Technology. ALONE supported 15,000 older people in 2020 and have already supported 7,000 in 2021. As we move to the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, mental health supports including loneliness & isolation are forefront of the needs for older people across Ireland.
Aware is the national organisation providing support, education and information services for those impacted by depression, bipolar disorder and other mood related conditions. Founded in 1985 the organisation developed in response to the clear need for information, understanding and support, both for individuals with a diagnosis of depression or bipolar disorder as well as family members supporting a loved one. Services include a Support Line, Support Mail and Support & Self Care Groups, along with a range of positive mental health programmes. For more information, please visit www.aware.ie.
AWARE NI offers mental health support to people of all generations in Northern Ireland. The charity’s free-to-attend support groups welcome people living with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. The groups provide a safe space to meet with others on a similar journey who can understand, encourage and suggest helpful ways of coping. AWARE NI also delivers mental health awareness courses to schools, workplaces, community groups, and hospitals to equip people with the tools they need to best look after their minds. For full details of AWARE NI programmes and support, please go to www.aware-ni.org.
Breakthrough Cancer Research (Breakthrough) is an Irish medical research charity focused on making more survivors of cancer, one research breakthrough at a time. We target research to the most difficult to treat cancers because our mission is 100% survival for 100% of cancers. We know this will be achieved through research. Due to Covid-19, the last year and a half was a difficult time for everyone – patients & families affected by cancer, but also research. For many months, we were unable to get into labs, clinic trials were delayed and many of our planned fundraisers had to be cancelled. Regrettably, we expect more people to be diagnosed with more advanced cancer due to the Covid disruptions. When every second counts, new and better treatments have never mattered more. Your support is needed more than ever.