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19th Feb 2024

Charlie Bird shares heartbreaking update with followers

Stephen Porzio

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The legendary broadcaster has made a request of his followers for when he passes.

Charlie Bird has reiterated a call to his followers to continue to support his wife Claire and dog Tiger after his death.

The veteran Irish journalist and broadcaster, 74, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2021 and later made headlines for climbing Croagh Patrick in order to raise money for Pieta and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The initial fundraising goal was €1 million though the campaign went on to raise over over €3.6 million.

In a Twitter update earlier this month, Charlie confirmed that he has seen a further deterioration in his health, stating that he now has to be “hoisted in and out bed”.

Charlie Bird shares heartbreaking update with followers

Last November, meanwhile, the journalist wrote: “Hi everyone, I want to make a direct appeal to everyone who supports Climb With Charlie.

“When I pass, please help my lovely wife Claire and Tiger to continue the work of extending the hand of friendship to people in dark places and the charities I support. I really love you all.”

Reiterating this call in a Twitter update on Sunday (18 February), he stated: “Last year I asked when I pass would you keep supporting Claire and Tiger with extending the hand of friendship to people in dark places. I got a great response.

“Where I am now in my journey. I want to repeat the call. I love you all.”

Last year, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar presented the legendary broadcaster with an award for his ‘Climb with Charlie’ campaign.

Main image via The Late Late Show

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