Pedals push for €150,000

By Brendan Grehan

THE LAURELS Charity Crew have committed to raising €150,000 for CMRF Crumlin in their 2016 annual cross-country cycle.

CMRF Crumlin is the principal fundraising body for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin and the National Children’s Research Centre (NCRC). Three hundred places are available for the two-day cycle which will commence in Cork on April 15 and finish in Dublin on April 16.


Over the past six years, The Laurels Charity Crew in Clondalkin has raised almost €500,000 for CMRF Crumlin and this year the organisers hope to raise €150,000.

All funds raised will be allocated to Straight Ahead, a medical support group affiliated to CMRF Crumlin which provides surgery, support and medical equipment for children with orthopaedic conditions.

Denis McCarthy co-founder of the Laurels Charity Crew told The Echo:”The cycle is such a rewarding experience for everyone involved and will generate significant funds for the orthopaedic support group Straight Ahead which does incredible work for children across the country.

“We are proud that the money raised from our two-day cycle will be used to keep their fantastic work going throughout 2016.”

Dr Patrick Kiely, co-founder of Straight Ahead and consultant at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin said that the Laurels Charity Crew does a great job every year in rolling out its annual fundraiser.

He added: “Straight Ahead is honoured to have been chosen as the beneficiary of this year’s cycle.

“We are hugely dependent on fundraising to maintain the pro bono work we do and the funds raised from the Laurels Charity Cycle will help us continue providing crucial orthopaedic procedures and equipment for children across the country throughout 2016.”

Registrations for the cycle can be made at The Laurels in Clondalkin or online via



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