The iNUA Collection and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA) have announced a new partnership aimed at providing short breaks to individuals and families affected by motor neurone disease (MND), with thanks to funds from the Charlie Bird Development Fund.
The fund was set up from monies raised from the Climb with Charlie initiative.
As part of this partnership, the iNUA Collection and IMNDA will provide complimentary hotel break experiences to those living with MND and their families, assisting them to make memories together, as well as providing relief breaks for family carers of those with MND.
The iNUA Collection is providing accommodation in its 12 hotels across Ireland, including the Radisson Blu Hotels in Cork, Athlone, Limerick and Sligo, the Tullamore Court Hotel, the Fairways Hotel Dundalk, Hillgrove Hotel & Spa, and the five-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa. Each location will offer guest rooms with fully accessible services, accessible dining venues and public relaxation areas, along with tailored experiences based on guests’ needs.
IMNDA will provide a grant for a hotel stay away from home for those living with MND and/or their families to take a break, through the Charlie Bird Development Fund. The overarching objective of the fund is to provide the necessary supports to help those with MND live as independent a life as possible in their own homes and within their own communities. More access to IMNDA nurses, access to voice banking, support with travel and transport, support for carers, and access to respite care were also top of the list for those living with MND.
“We’re excited to partner with IMNDA to provide memory-making breaks and carer breaks to those living with motor neurone disease and their families,” said Brenda Murphy, group director of revenue, PR and marketing at the iNUA Collection. “We believe that everyone deserves a break from their everyday challenges and struggles, and we’re honoured to be able to help in providing some respite and relief, and to assist in creating lasting memories.”
“Part of what we do at IMNDA is not only to support those living with MND, but also those closest to them, who are impacted by the diagnosis. We are immensely grateful to Charlie Bird for his tireless fundraising efforts, and to the iNUA Collection, who have been tremendously supportive throughout our engagement to date,” said Jonathan Healy, IMNDA chair.
“I am so happy that part of the funds from Climb with Charlie are being used for this purpose,” said Charlie Bird. “I am very thankful to the iNUA Collection for joining up with IMNDA to provide this short-break initiative. Motor neurone is a dreadful disease for people living with it, and indeed for their carers as well, so anything that can give people a short break is a lovely idea.
“I always wanted the funds raised from Climb with Charlie to directly benefit those who are suffering from this terminal illness, and also those who are caring for them, so well done! I love this initiative, and please, please, I would encourage anyone experiencing MND to go for this lovely short break. I know what people with MND are going through, as well as those who are caring for us, and I believe even a short break would be welcomed and of benefit.”
Valid for IMNDA members only, and terms and conditions apply. Members are advised to speak with their IMNDA nurse or the IMNDA service team to avail of this initiative.
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