Tallaght Hospital sees huge numbers signing up for 2016 Charity Cycle

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Tallaght Hospital Staff participating in one of two stationary cycles held in aid of the Summer 99 Charity Cycle for Renal Services, L to R, Stuart O'Connor, Amy Cardwell and Niamh Carolan were part of a large team of staff and hospital volunteers that supported the stationary cycles.

The annual Summer 99 Charity Cycle at Tallaght Hospital is going from strength to strength, with large numbers signed up for the 2016 event.

120 people have registered according to the hospital, more than twice as many who took part in 2015.

Registration for 2016 is now closed and organisers of the event are thrilled with the uptake.

The Summer 99 event, which takes place this Saturday, June 25th, promises not only to be an enjoyable day out for all, but also a chance to support the vital renal service at Tallaght Hospital.

All funds raised at the Tallaght Hospital Charity Cycle will be donated to the Hospital’s Renal Unit. The Renal Unit at Tallaght Hospital provides the second largest Hospital Haemodialysis service and the largest peritoneal dialysis centre in Ireland.

While traditionally all dialysis was delivered in hospital, Tallaght Hospital now offers patients, that are suitable, the option of having their dialysis at home.

This means that patients no longer have to spend up to 20 hours away from home every week getting treatment; they can have their dialysis at a time that suits them and their schedule, and gives them more time to spend with their family and friends.

This year’s cycle route covers three counties, departing from Tallaght Hospital and passing through Clane and Naas before taking in Blessington and the lakes and then returning to the Hospital.

Those who live along the route are encouraged to show their support and cheer on the cyclists.

Professor George Mellotte, Renal Consultant at Tallaght Hospital said:

“It is brilliant to see such a high number of people registering to take part in this year’s charity cycle. All funds raised will go to support renal services and will be invaluable in helping us to maintain and improve our service. I wish all the participants the best of luck and I hope they have a very enjoyable day.”

Lucy Nugent, Deputy CEO of Tallaght Hospital also spoke of her delight at the outstanding interest in this years cycle.

“I want to thank all of the 120 people who registered to take part in this year’s charity cycle for the very worthy cause of renal services . I also want to thank all the organisers and volunteers who give generously of their time to make this event a success. We are also extremely grateful to the local community for their support at the two stationary cycles, located in the Hospital and at the Square Shopping Centre. It is fantastic to see the number of participants for this year more than double and I wish the cyclists and volunteers a safe and enjoyable day.”

Last year’s event raised over €15,000 for Stroke Services at Tallaght Hospital, with over 50 cyclists taking part.