‘Dip in the Nip’, in aid of Wicklow Hospice, returns!

The popular and important fundraiser makes a return to a new location at Greystones South Beach. Supported by Codling Wind Park and launched by Wicklow Hospice ambassador, Shane Byrne

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services (OLH&CS), Wicklow, is calling on the brave men of Wicklow and surrounds to bare all and take part in its male-only Dip in the Nip, at 10.00am, on Sunday 8th October 2023 on Greystones South Beach, Wicklow. The event is being sponsored by the Wicklow based offshore renewable energy project, Codling Wind Park.

The inaugural Dip in the Nip took place in 2019 and was a great community success but was since postponed because of the pandemic. This year, Dip in Nip is back and is kindly supported by Codling Wind Park, along with the help of former Irish Rugby player and Wicklow Hospice ambassador, Shane Byrne. Wicklow Hospice hopes that men will line out on the Greystone South Beach to take part in this important fundraising event. 

To take part, men, groups, clubs, and workplaces are asked to raise at least €100 for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Wicklow, all of which will go towards supporting the delivery of services and care in Wicklow Hospice.

Scott Sutherland, Karen Gallagher & Shane Byrne

Codling Wind Park Project Director Scott Sutherland said: “We recently became a corporate partner of Wicklow Hospice and are looking forward to supporting its excellent care and attention to people across our community here in Wicklow. We’ve seen first-hand the amazing work done within Magheramore and throughout the community.

“As well as being an important fundraiser for OLH&CS, Dip in the Nip stokes great excitement among participants, so we are really looking forward to getting behind the event and some of us will be participating too!”, he added.

Karen Gallagher, Interim Director of Fundraising & Communications at OLH&CS said: “We are very excited to see the return of Dip in the Nip and are delighted to continue our partnership with Codling Wind Park with them coming on board as sponsor of this campaign. Community fundraising was vitally important to ensure we were able to open the doors of Magheramore in 2020, the first dedicated palliative care facility in Wicklow.

“Fundraising and community support continue to be the life blood of our work at Wicklow Hospice, whether that’s in our in-patient facility which cared for 196 inpatients last year or through our Community Palliative Care Team, which made 3,285 visits to people’s homes. Initiatives like Dip in the Nip help to ensure the continued provision and development of our services, so we urge the people of Wicklow and surrounds to come out and support, whether that be through participation or sponsoring one of the brave participants”, she added.

This year’s event takes place on Sunday 8th October at 10.00am. The women of Wicklow are also asked to show their support by supporting friends or family taking part. For more information and to register, please go to: www.olh.ie/dip-in-the-nip/

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Sinéad McGovern, Q4 Public Relations, 087 6411725 sinead@q4pr.ie

Lorna Gardiner, Q4 Public Relations, 086 0761374 lorna@q4pr.ie

 

About Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services

Established in 1879 Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services is a 215-bed facility that provides specialist care for those with a wide range of needs from rehabilitation to end-of-life care.  Just over 600 staff work with residents, patients and their families at a most difficult time in their lives. Focusing on the person, and not the condition, care is provided on-site in its facilities in Harold’s Cross, Blackrock and Wicklow, as well as in people’s own homes across south Dublin and Wicklow, a catchment area of a million people. 

Wicklow Hospice, operated by Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, welcomed its first in-patients in December 2020 and is the first facility to provide specialist palliative care services for patients and their families in Wicklow. The state-of-the-art purpose-built hospice provides 15 in-patient public beds and a base for the Wicklow Specialist Community Palliative Care team. It’s opening marked the culmination of over ten years of incredible fundraising by the Wicklow Hospice Foundation and local community. OLH&CS depends heavily on fundraised income and needs to raise €5.5m annually to support patients and families across its 3 sites.

About Codling Wind Park

Codling Wind Park is a proposed offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, approximately 13-22 kilometres off the County Wicklow coast, between Greystones and Wicklow Town.

Codling Wind Park is a 50:50 joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Seawind. With an expected capacity of up to 1,300 megawatts (MW), it has the potential to supply the equivalent of over 1 million Irish homes with low-carbon, locally produced, low-cost electricity, and to save 1.7 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

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