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NI Hospice Nurses set to take on epic cycling challenge

06 June 2019

NI Hospice Nurse Therapist, Michele Gordon and Complementary Therapist, Mary Rose Scott are set to take on the challenge of a lifetime this November as they prepare to cycle from Vietnam to Cambodia in support of Northern Ireland Hospice.

The duo, who have both worked within the NI Hospice Care Team for a combined 50 years,were inspired to undertake the challenge after signing up for the Hospice’s Cycle to Work Scheme in August 2018.

Speaking about their upcoming challenge, Michele said: “Mary Rose and I have always been interested in completing a fundraising challenge for NI Hospice. When we signed up for the Cycle to Work Scheme last summer, and this event came up shortly after, it was the perfect fit! We’ve been training extremely hard for the event by cycling in the evenings and during the weekends. We’re determined to complete the challenge and to help raise vital funds for the charity”.

To help reach their fundraising target of £7,000, the ladies are hosting a series of events over the coming months, including an exclusive performance by the Hospice Ukulele Band in Tesco Ballygomartin on Saturday, 22nd June from 1.30-3.30pm, a 70’s/80’s Disco at Cliftonville Bowling Club on Friday, 5th July and a fabulous Musical Evening in the Duncairn Arts Centre Friday, 27th September, featuring Chloe Magee, Belfast Ukulele Jam, Conor Scott and his Band and Anthony Toner.

Mary Rose added:  “Michele and I are very fortunate to be able to work with an experienced multi-disciplinary team providing high-quality, person-centred and compassionate palliative care to patients.  We know first-hand the difference donations make to NI Hospice. We encourage everyone to donate to our challenge and help us continue to deliver this specialist palliative care to local people who need it most”.

Michael Nugent, Regional Fundraiser at Northern Ireland Hospice, added:  “We’re delighted that the ladies are undertaking this challenge in support of Northern Ireland Hospice. It costs over £14 per annum to fund NI Hospice services every year, that’s a staggering £40,000 per day.  We wouldn’t be able to provide local people with specialist palliative care without fundraising events like Michele and Mary Rose’s. I encourage everyone to donate to help the ladies reach their fundraising target”.

The ladies have set up a personal fundraiser page on Facebook where people can donate directly to their challenge. To donate, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/donate/322300721764530/