What is 'Climb With Charlie'?

Climb with Charlie’ is a nationwide fundraising initiative.

On Saturday April 2nd, Charlie Bird has set himself the challenge to climb Croagh Patrick with the support of family and friends in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.

The climb will be an immense challenge for Charlie but he is determined to do it to highlight the vast mountains so many people climb in their everyday lives due to severe illnesses – physical and mental.

Charlie is encouraging anyone who wants to get involved in ‘Climb with Charlie’ to do so in their own localities.

This act of solidarity will be so appreciated by Charlie, his family and friends and will raise vital funds for his two chosen charities.

How can I support?
Thank you for your interest in supporting ‘Climb with Charlie’ – your support means so much to Charlie and will make a real difference for people around Ireland who are helped every day by Charlie’s chosen charities – Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta.

The campaign is encouraging anyone who would like to support ‘Climb with Charlie’ to do so in their own localities.

You can support by donating or by registering your own climb or walk here .

Can I climb Croagh Patrick on 2nd April?

The campaign is encouraging everyone to ‘Climb with Charlie’ in their own localities.

Croagh Patrick is currently the focus of a highly skilled conservation project to repair the erosion that has developed from centuries of footfall along the Pilgrim route on Ireland’s holy mountain.  This is an ongoing project so at this time the site cannot facilitate large numbers of people on Croagh Patrick on April 2nd.

Many walks and climbs are already being hosted around the country – you can join one of those – see a list or register your own walk or climb here.

How can I register my own climb or walk?
Climbs have been organised locally and around the world in support of Charlie’s campaign.

If you would like to join a walk or climb that is already taking place, please click on the map here and you will see any public climbs that have been registered in your region.

To register your own walk or climb please click here and scroll down to ‘Submit a Climb’.

Note: Once you’ve registered your climb don’t forget to set up your fundraising page and share link with family and friends. Please visit here where you can start your own fundraising page to support Climb with Charlie.

What if I can’t do my climb on 2nd April – can I still take part?

Yes, you can, and we really do appreciate you getting involved!

We have received a huge outpouring of support for ‘Climb with Charlie’ so please do consider having your activity on Sunday 3rd April, or even the following weekend to reduce the pressure of numbers at local amenities.

Are there tickets for the climb?

This is not a ticketed activity.

What time is the climb on 2nd April?

 You can set your own times to walk or climb. The campaign is encouraging everyone to ‘Climb with Charlie’ in their own localities at a time of their choosing.

Where does my fundraising go?

 All funds raised will be equally split between Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta. Charlie has chosen two charities that are very close to his heart and all funds will be split evenly between them to ensure they can continue their vital work in every community across Ireland.

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only organisation of its kind in the country. They are dedicated to working on behalf of people living with MND and their families and carers. Their key services include home visits by our 4 MND nurses, financial assistance towards home help and the supply of specialised equipment on loan. They also fund and promote research into the causes and treatments of MND.

Pieta first opened its doors in Lucan, County Dublin in 2006. Since then, they have seen and helped over 60,000 people in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm.

They operate 20 locations across Ireland and now employs over 200 therapists and support staff, and the demand for their service is increasing.

My company wants to get involved, who do I contact?

You can register your company as a team on iDonate by clicking here. If you have any queries please let us know at info@climbwithcharlie.ie

Do I receive merchandise/t-shirt if I take part in the challenge?

What is most important to Charlie and both of his chosen charities is that we ensure that all funds raised go directly to funding the work of Pieta and Irish Motor Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. For this reason, we will not be issuing t-shirts for this challenge.

How do I start fundraising?

Thank you so much for getting involved in this fundraiser.

Please visit this page where you can start your own fundraising page to support ‘Climb with Charlie’.

iDonate have lots of tips and ideas on how you can share you fundraising page across social media so please do take a moment to check these out here to you let your friends, family and colleagues know that you are supporting ‘Climb with Charlie’

Are there posters available to advertise my walk or climb locally ?
Yes, please check out this page here for a downloadable poster.
Can I do my ‘Climb with Charlie’ for different charities?

 Charlie Bird set up ‘Climb with Charlie’ to fundraise vital funds for two charities that are very close to his heart, Pieta and the Irish Motor Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.  For those taking part ‘Climb with Charlie’ please support Charlies chosen charities and the work they do every day in communities all across Ireland.

Do I need insurance to take part in a walk or climb?

Pieta and Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association are the benefactors from ‘Climb with Charlie’, they are not involved in organising the climb and walks associated with ‘Climb with Charlie’ and cannot accept liability for any loss, damage or injury suffered by yourself or anyone else as a result of taking part in the ‘Climb with Charlie’ initiative.

By organising your own ‘Climb with Charlie’ activity you are responsible for taking adequate steps to make sure that your walk or climb poses no risk to others. You may need to consider arranging public liability cover for your walk or climb, which will protect you against claims made by third parties for injury or property damage as a result of negligence. In most cases, for public and/or hazardous events, you may need public liability cover in place. For private events this may not be necessary. Please seek advice if you are unsure.

Is this a family activity?

 Any children taking part in this event must have adult supervision.

Can I bring my dog?

 Spring is a beautiful time of year in the countryside; lambs are born and it’s also the breeding season for wildlife. To protect farm animals and all wildlife, particularly bird species that nest on the ground, participants are asked not to take dogs into the mountains or onto farmland, and only to take them on trails where dogs are allowed.

Do you have any advice on getting ready for your walk or climb?

 Please check out these wonderful tips and suggested walking/climbing locations from Mountaineering Ireland.