| 13.9°C Dublin

'So Sad' Charlie Bird devastated as 'soulmate' Vicky Phelan too ill for Croagh Patrick climb

The former RTÉ broadcaster plans to climb the Mayo mountain with his family, friends, and supporters on April 2nd.

Close

Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird

Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird

Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird has said that Vicky Phelan is his “soulmate” after she announced that she was too sick to take part in his Climb for Charlie hike up Croagh Patrick next month.

The former RTÉ broadcaster, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease last year, plans to climb the Mayo mountain with his family, friends, and supporters on April 2nd to raise money for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.

His right-hand woman, CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan, had been gearing up to join him but took to Instagram on Monday to share that she unfortunately would not be participating as she is “simply not well enough either physically or mentally” after receiving radiotherapy treatment.

Charlie confirmed the news on his Twitter account on Tuesday and said that he was “so sad” that Vicky would be missing the charity climb.

He said: “So sad that Vicky Phelan won’t be able to wave me off on the 2nd April when I start to climb Croagh Patrick, she has told me she will be with me in spirit- Vicky, you are in my thoughts every day. When I get to the top the first candle I light will be for you, Vicky, my soulmate.”

It comes after Charlie’s wife Claire admitted that there have been some “terrible days” since her husband’s diagnosis.

Speaking to the RTÉ Guide, she admitted that it took her a while to process the life-changing news.

“There are terrible days where I break down and cry. But in those moments, I don't want Charlie to see me,” she said.

“In the beginning, the medical people told us that we would eventually accept the diagnosis and we thought that there was no way we would. But we have accepted it.

“So now it's about enjoying each other every single day.”

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

She added that the upcoming Climb for Charlie has been the best possible distraction from the 72-year-old's illness.

She said: “We're enjoying planning this climb. That may seem bizarre as Charlie is terminally ill, but it is a complete distraction and also doing some good.”

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Privacy