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Freezbrury Fundraiser Challenge  – Mike Ryan and Jack Henchy jumping into the Irish Sea at Seapoint in Dublin

Limerick Students do Freezbrury Fundraiser Challenge to raise funds for Milford 

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Dylan Frawley

The Freezbrury Fundraiser Challenge for Milford Hospice funds has been taken on by Limerick students Mike Ryan, from Castletroy and Jack Henchy, Ballyneety.

Former professional rugby player turned adventurer Damien Browne created the original idea for the Freezbrury fundraiser. The concept consists of the participants enduring discomfort for the benefit of a more significant cause, such as fundraising for a charity or organisation that badly needs financial support.

For the month of February, Mike and Jack must plunge into the icy sea every day, each day adding a minute extra to the duration spent enduring the cold currents. The rules for the Freezbrury Challenge consist of not wearing hats, gloves, boots, trainers etc. The aim is to be submerged in the water as far as the upper chest for the entire duration, and then one must immerse their head underwater fully at least once every time.

Mike and Jack taking the plunge for Milford

Mike and Jack taking the plunge for Milford.

Mike and Jack said, “We would greatly appreciate any donation, big or small, with all funds raised going to Milford hospice. Most in Limerick would know someone, whether that be a family member or friend who was taken in by Milford no matter the situation, and provided with the highest quality of care, respect and positivity throughout.”

Both boys felt inspired to endure a little suffering and genuinely use their time to help a worthwhile cause saying, “A big thank you to everyone who has donated this week and the constant messages of support throughout, it definitely made conditions that bit more bearable.”

The students gave an update on their GoFundMe page saying, “Just a quick update of how we’re getting on halfway through. After a week of yellow & orange weather warnings, some snow, ice and -5 degree wind chill we are absolutely delighted to see the back of that week!

 

A big thank you to everyone who has donated this week and the constant messages of support throughout, it made conditions that bit more bearable. Only 5 more hours of time in the water to go!”

A spokesperson for Milford said, “Milford Care Centre is not just a Hospice Inpatient Unit, we provide multiple services to our community.  These include Hospice at Home services, a Nursing Home, Day Care for both the Older Person and people with palliative care needs. We also offer Bereavement Support for families. Our staff work in conjunction with other health care professionals in the community. We are grateful to anyone raising funds for Milford as it allows us to continue offering our invaluable services to the public.”

 

To donate to the fundraiser go HERE

 

For more fundraiser stories go HERE

 

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