Cy­clists wheel into Wick­low to pro­mote cof­fee morn­ing

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FIVE em­ploy­ees of Bew­ley’s wheeled into Wick­low last Thurs­day on the first day of a four-day cy­cle to pro­mote Ire­land’s Big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing.

The cy­clists, Ea­monn Diver, Dy­lan Rafter, Jason Doyle, Ann Marie Raftice and Char­lie Scully, vis­ited the site of the Wick­low Hospice in Magher­amore on Thurs­day to sup­port the #cof­fee4hos­pice cause. They were joined on the day by Alan Dono­van, who isn’t a Bew­ley’s em­ployee.

The five Bew­ley’s em­ploy­ees un­der­took the 500km cross-coun­try cy­cle to raise much needed funds for hos­pices na­tion­wide as part of Ire­land’s Big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing for Hospice To­gether with Bew­ley’s which takes place on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 20.

In a bid to raise €5,000, the cy­cle took in six coun­ties over four days, kick­ing off from Bew­ley’s Head Of­fice on Thurs­day last. Dur­ing the chal­lenge, the team vis­ited five hos­pices and home­care ser­vices.

The first stop on the cy­cle was the site of the un­der-con­struc­tion Wick­low Hospice fol­lowed by a stop at Wex­ford, Water­ford and Of­faly with the fi­nal stop at Bew­ley’s own lo­cal hospice, St Fran­cis’ Hospice in Ra­heny.

Since the first cof­fee morn­ing 26 years ago, over €35 mil­lion has been raised by peo­ple around Ire­land.

This year it is hoped that Ire­land’s Big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing for Hospice To­gether with Bew­ley’s will raise €2 mil­lion for lo­cal hospice and home­care ser­vices na­tion­wide.

Jason Doyle, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Bew­ley’s, said: ‘Bew­ley’s is proud to be the spon­sor of Ire­land’s Big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing for Hospice since it first be­gan in 1993 and we’re look­ing for­ward to an­other fan­tas­tic cof­fee morn­ing on Septem­ber 20.

‘The an­nual cy­cle is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for us to not only raise much-needed funds but also visit the lo­cal hos­pices and see first-hand the es­sen­tial work both staff and vol­un­teers do and how vi­tal these ser­vices are in the lo­cal com­mu­nity. With de­mand for hospice ser­vices ris­ing year on year we want to make sure this year’s cy­cle and cof­fee morn­ing are the big­gest yet and we’re hop­ing to raise over €2 mil­lion.’

Pat Quin­lan, Chair of the Vol­un­tary Hospice Group said: ‘Fundrais­ing is es­sen­tial for our hos­pices as it en­sures we can re­spond to the grow­ing de­mand na­tion­wide for hospice and home­care ser­vices. The an­nual Bew­ley’s cy­cle is a high­light for us with the teams around the coun­try, in par­tic­u­lar be­cause it al­lows the Bew­ley’s team see how the money raised ben­e­fits hos­pices and home cares around Ire­land.

‘We are par­tic­u­larly de­lighted the cy­cle team will visit the site of Wick­low Hospice which is cur­rently be­ing built in part thanks to the sup­port of Ire­land’s Big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing for Hospice To­gether with Bew­ley’s.’

The pub­lic can sup­port Ire­land’s Big­gest Cof­fee Morn­ing for Hospice To­gether with Bew­ley’s by host­ing a cof­fee morn­ing, at­tend­ing a cof­fee morn­ing or tex­ting COF­FEE to 50300 to do­nate €4.

Jason Doyle, Ann Marie Raftice, Alan Dono­van, Ea­monn Diver, Char­lie Scully and Dillon Rafter of Bew­ley’s pre­sent­ing cheque for €1,000 to Sean Dor­gan and Evanne Cahill of Wick­low Hospice.

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