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Annual Louise Doherty Memorial Cycle in aid of Milford Hospice Saturday, June 4

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Louise Doherty Memorial Cycle – The mother of two was described by her family and friends as a loving and caring person who always thought of others. Pictured above with her kids Jessica and Jake.

The cycle will honour the mother of two Louise Doherty who passed away from cancer in 2019

By I Love Limerick Ava O’Donoghue

Louise Doherty Memorial Cycle
Richard pictured with Louise (3rd from left) and friends Claire Culhane and Serena Purcell before her passing. Picture: Dermot Culhane.

Louise Doherty Memorial Cycle will take place on Saturday, June 4 from Limerick to Kilkee in aid of Milford Hospice.

The cycle will honour Louise Doherty who passed away in July 2018 from a hard-fought battle with cancer surrounded by family and friends at the Milford Care Centre.  

Louise’s family got the idea for hosting the annual Louise Doherty Memorial Cycle, from a friend who had previously held his own charity cycle after his own mother died. The family will be taking part in the 95km cycle, donating the money raised by the cycle to Milford Hospice in Castletroy. Milford Hospice was chosen as the receiving charity because of the care and the support that they provided to Louise and her family. 

Louise Doherty Memorial Cycle
Family and Friends of Louise Doherty pictured doing the cycle in 2019. Picture: Michael Cowhey.

Karen Doherty spoke about her eldest sister Louise saying, “Louise was such a loving and caring person, who always thought of others. I have never met anyone as selfless as her. She was a health care assistant in University Hospital Limerick, and just loved helping anyone she could. She was loved by so many, and we will always miss her.”

Speaking about the staff at Milford Hospice, Karen added, “The staff at Milford were brilliant- we couldn’t have asked for anyone better! They are literally angels.”

The cycle will begin at Maxol Mace in Dooradoyle at 7:45 am and the cycle will begin at 8 am. The cycle will then finish at Stella Maris, Kilkee where an afterparty with lots of spot prizes and live music.

Milford Care Centre is an organisation close to the hearts of many in the Midwest. The voluntary, not-for-profit organisation and registered charity were first established by the Little Company of Mary Sisters in 1928 and now provides Specialist Palliative Care and Older Persons Services in the Midwest. Milford Hospice is person-centred and aims to provide comfort, autonomy, and rehabilitation. They affirm life while integrating the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of care particular to individual needs. They encourage advanced planning rather than crisis intervention. The centre gets approximately 75% of its annual budget from the HSE and the balance must be raised every year, primarily through fundraising initiatives undertaken by the local community, donations, and bequests. The money raised enables the workers at Milford to provide essential care to patients.

Milford is a massive support to the community of Limerick, and funds raised from the event will be put into the much-needed services they provide.

Tickets are €25.00 and will go towards Milford Hospice. T-Shirts and medals will be available on the day for €6 each.

For stories on Milford Hospice, go HERE

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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