We are a group of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) doctors, nurses and staff from all over Ireland that are taking part in a charity cycle to Dublin on September 3rd and 4th in aid of four charities supporting people specifically affected by the Covid-19 crisis.
The ICU 4 U Charity Cycle aims to raise at least €100,000 for older people (ALONE), cancer patients who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, have had their diagnosis delayed, and urgently need new treatments (Breakthrough Cancer Research), mental health (Aware) and ICU patient aftercare support (ICUsteps).
We have raised more than half of our €100k target thanks to incredible support from our corporate sponsors, including lead sponsor AerCap, gold sponsors Eli Lily and BNP Paribas, silver sponsors Pfizer and Gilead. We would also like to thank other event partners including Intersurgical, the Dalata Group, the Intensive Care Society of Ireland, the Irish Association of Critical Care Nurses, The Edge Sports, An Garda Síochána, Cycling Ireland, Irish Rail and Harris Group.
ICU 4 U Ambassador, Graham Norton, says, “ The entire nation is grateful to these incredible doctors and their teams who have been working tirelessly in the ICU to keep our most vulnerable safe. But the modest bunch who have been putting their lives at risk throughout this pandemic say it’s just their job and I applaud them for leading the way in putting the public focus back on supporting charities who badly need funding.”
Date: 3rd and 4th September
The 2-day ICU 4 U Cycle, cognisant of any restrictions that will be in place in any county due to Covid-19, will start on September 3rd from five locations in Ireland - Belfast, Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford – and will end on September 4th in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, where the teams of 15 cyclists will meet and cycle together towards Aras an Uachtarain. A smaller group will then cycle on through central Dublin to the College of Anaesthesiology of Ireland in Merrion Square (the home of both the Intensive Care Society of Ireland and the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine of Ireland) and another small group will cycle on to the Mater Hospital, where the most severely ill ICU patients are sometimes sent for ECMO treatment (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation). This is also the hospital that managed a significant number of Covid-19 patients.