“Every day is a struggle”: Charlie Bird begins hospice care

Pic: Bryan Brophy/1IMAGE Photography

Charlie Bird has shared that he is now getting hospice care.

The iconic RTÉ presenter was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2021.

He is now receiving care at home to help with every day life.

“Every day is a struggle for me now,” he explained.

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“But I live each day at a time. My MND has deteriorated, especially affecting my mobility.

“I want to make one thing very clear: when my time comes, I want to pass away at home surrounded by my family – and the Hospice care team says they will look after me there.”

He is urging people to get involved in Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning Social for Hospice to help raise much needed funds for facilities around the country.

Charlie is receiving care from Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services at his Wicklow home.

Pic: Bryan Brophy/1IMAGE Photography

“I would plead with everyone, in addition to businesses and organisations, to host or sponsor a coffee morning on September 21, or whenever suits them. Even two people getting together for a coffee counts as a fundraiser,” he went on to say.

“None of us knows in this life when we might need Hospice care. So please, please extend the hand of friendship and support the Hospice wherever they are in the country.

“To those newly diagnosed with MND, I would advise: live each day at a time and fight as hard as you can.

“There are many great supports there to help us, so please use them.”

You can register to host a coffee morning, supporting their local Hospice on September 21, or on a date that suits them, on hospicecoffeemorning.ie or call 0818 995 996.

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