The struggle against motor neurone disease (MND) is a battle that requires immense strength and determination.
Retired broadcaster Charlie Bird’s story illustrates not only the courage needed to fight this disease but also the importance of support and community.
In this piece, we delve into Bird’s current condition, his ongoing fight, and his commendable efforts to help others through fundraising.
Hospice Care and Personal Struggles
Retired broadcaster Charlie Bird has revealed that he is receiving hospice care at his home in Co Wicklow as his battle with motor neurone disease continues to intensify.
Bird, 73, admits that his condition has deteriorated, making everyday life a struggle, particularly in terms of mobility.
Despite this, he emphasizes living one day at a time and fighting as hard as possible.
An Appeal for Support
Bird is calling on businesses across Ireland to host a coffee morning next month to aid the “brilliant” work hospices perform.
He stresses that no one knows when they might need hospice care and urges all to extend a hand of friendship to support hospices throughout the country.
Personal Commitment and Public Campaign
Since his terminal diagnosis two years ago, Bird has actively supported groups and charities related to MND.
Last year, he raised over 3.3 million euros for various charities, displaying a vow to continue these efforts as long as he can.
With his family, he is also actively promoting Ireland’s biggest coffee morning on September 21, a part of the Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice campaign.
The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice has raised 43.2 million euros since 1992.
The funds contribute to essential services such as medical and general staff, palliative care beds, home care visits, specialist equipment, and building new hospices.
Bird emphasizes the urgent need for continued support to sustain these services.
Personal Insights and Encouragement
Bird offers words of encouragement to those newly diagnosed with MND and advises them to live each day fully and fight with all their might.
His wife Claire also provides insights into the vital role hospice care plays in their lives, offering physical, mental, and emotional support.
Call to Action
The public and businesses can register to host a coffee morning on Thursday September 21, or on another date that suits, at hospicecoffeemorning.ie or by calling 0818 995 996.
A donation can also be made at hospicecoffeemorning.ie/donate.
Charlie Bird’s story is a moving testimony to human resilience and the power of community support.
His personal struggle with MND is an urgent call to all of us to recognize the vital role hospices play in our society.
By participating in initiatives like the coffee morning, we can make a tangible difference in the lives of those battling life-limiting illnesses.
Bird’s unwavering determination and compassionate spirit should inspire us all to take action and extend our support where needed.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn