A 10km run held in Limerick in January that saw over 1300 people take part has raised over €35,000 for Milford Hospice.
The inaugural event, which was the brainchild of staff in business advisory firm Deloitte’s Limerick office on Charlotte Quay, took place in and around the campus of the University of Limerick last month.
Deloitte handed over a cheque to Milford’s fundraising department worth a whopping €35,965 that will go directly to the hospice.
Gerard Lyons, regional partner in charge, Deloitte, said the company was “thrilled” to be making the presentation to Milford and be “playing our part” in helping the centre’s palliative care services.
“I would like to say a special word of thanks to the many people who completed the Milford 10k on a cold January morning,” he added.
“It was an early start for our participants but that certainly didn’t dampen enthusiasm, and I think the vast majority were delighted to finish in time to see Munster beat Racing Metro in the Heineken Cup later that day,” he laughed.
Over 1,500 people in total registered for the event in order to show their support for Milford. The run catered for different levels of ability and was the brainchild of office staff in Deloitte, while athletic clubs from across Limerick helped out with the logistics of the event.
Mr Lyons said the company was “keen to lend our support” to organisations like Milford.
Pat Quinlan, Milford CEO, paid tribute to Deloitte and “all the many committed helpers who generously contributed to hosting this event so successfully”.
“Last year, Milford Hospice cared for over 1,200 patients incorporating both in-patient and community settings,” he explained.
“In the current climate of ongoing reductions in public funding, we are more reliant than ever on public goodwill to support new fundraising events.”