Campaign contributes €275,000 to charity helping people living with MND
The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) has announced plans to hire a fourth nurse to help people living with motor neurone disease in Ireland using funds raised from Fr. Tony Coote’s inspirational Walk While You Can campaign.
The outreach nursing service provided by IMNDA currently consists of three nurses, who help over 370 patients spread across 26 counties. This is the only service of its kind in the country and it is funded entirely from public donations.
The IMNDA has benefited to the tune of €275,000 from Walk While You Can and that money has now been ring fenced to provide for another outreach nurse. Recruitment for the specialist post will begin in early 2019.
The importance of the IMNDA nursing service was highlighted during the “Walking the Walk” documentary on RTE One television, which chronicled Father Tony’s inspirational 550-kilometre walk from Letterkenny to Ballydehob last summer. To watch back this fantastic documentary please check out the RTE Player.
Roisin Duffy, Chief Executive of the IMNDA says, “What Fr. Tony has achieved in the last few months is remarkable and we are blown away by his bravery and his sheer determination to help other people living with motor neurone disease. He has given a voice to so many and highlighted the challenges posed by this devastating disease on a daily basis. He made it his mission to raise awareness and give people hope, and we believe the appointment of a fourth nurse for IMNDA is the best way we can honour this mission.”
Joe Carty, Walk While You Can Committee says, “We travelled the length and breadth of Ireland to highlight the need for support for people with MND and we are just thrilled that the funds raised will have such a positive impact and allow the IMNDA to recruit a new nurse to help those living with Motor Neurone Disease. It was always Fr Tony’s ambition to raise money for research and to help the nursing service and we are delighted that his hope has become a reality.”
Walk While You Can raised a total of €550,000 with the proceeds being divided between the IMNDA and Research Motor Neurone.