The fourth annual walk from Louth Village to Tallanstown and back took place in August and the event raised over €4,000 for Louth Hospice and St Luke’s Cancer Care and Research Hospital.
The North Louth Hospice Foundation was formed in 1992 with the objective of providing assistance to people diagnosed with cancer and their families in the North Louth Area.
They have a great voluntary service and one of the many services they provide is a volunteer driver service.
One of the many services they provide is taking patients to Dublin on a daily basis for treatment.
Patients travelling to Drogheda or Dublin for cancer treatment, can be collected from their home by one of their volunteer drivers who will take them to their treatment destination,and return them home after treatment.
This is a very important services as some patients would otherwise be dependent on taxis and public transport.
This is often very tiring for patients who are having regular chemotherapy or radium treatment and may not be feeling well after their treatment.
It takes a major burden off both the patients and their families.
The hospice also supply a range of special equipment and home support to provide for cancer patients` comfort and to assist their families and carers in attending their needs them at home.
Other services include home help support, night nursing support and family support.
St. Lukes Cancer Care and Research Hospital provide first class treatment to all of their patients and is the country’s only dedicated cancer hospital.
The hospital is based in the Dublin suburb of Rathgar and was founded in 1954, by the Cancer Association of Ireland.
It has steadily expanded to become a central component of the national cancer care services system. Peripheral clinics have been established at many locations throughout the country and close links forged with other Dublin Hospitals.
Patients from Dundalk and its surrounding areas travel to St Lukes for treatment on a regular basis.
The organiser behind this great event for both these charities is Claire Byrne.
Claire was delighted with the great response and support she received at the end of August.
“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the walk and also everyone who took sponsor cards and of course those who donated on the day.
“So far we have raised over 4,000 euro and the donations are still coming in.
“I am totally overwhelmed with the response.
I would also like to say a big thank you to the Country Cruisers (bikers) who led the walk and to all those who helped on the day, there are too many to mention individually.”
If you would like to raise money for either of these fantastic organisations yourself then you can contact them indivdually.
The North Louth Hospice office can be reached at 042 9328533 and St Lukes Hospital can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit www.friendsofstlukes.ie