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'Blown Away' Charlie Bird says Climb With Charlie campaign will raise 'beyond €2 million'

The former RTÉ broadcaster (72) reached the summit of Croagh Patrick yesterday afternoon at the end of his epic ‘Climb With Charlie’ mountain challenge.

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Retired RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird

Retired RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird

Retired RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird has said that he is “completely blown away” as donations to his mountain climb fundraiser approach the €2 million mark.

The former RTÉ broadcaster (72), who was inspired to create the campaign after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year, reached the summit of Croagh Patrick yesterday afternoon at the end of his epic ‘Climb With Charlie’ mountain challenge.

This morning, Charlie said that he expects to raise more than €2 million for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and mental health charity Pieta.

The current total stands at € 1,850,880.38.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Wow I am completely blown away by the amazing support for climb with Charlie all over the country and abroad. I can tell you we are going to go beyond 2 million Euro raised.

“I cried so much yesterday, but they were all tears of joy. A big loving hug to everyone. Thanks everyone.

“I have so many people to thank but I just want to sent a message to my RTÉ colleagues. You have me proud. Jim Fahy and Colm Murray, I am sure we’re smiling down on all of us yesterday. I love️ you all.”

Charlie raised his climbing stick in triumph as he reached the top of The Reek yesterday accompanied by his wife Claire and daughters Orla and Neasa.

“I love every single one of you, I mean it,” he said. “Always extend the hand of friendship.

“I am truly humbled and inspired that so many thousands of people took part in Climb with Charlie events across the world,” he added as he was snapped in pictures and filmed with supporters and fellow climbers.

Among them was the host of RTE’s flagship The Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy, singer Daniel O’Donnell and former champion boxer Barry McGuigan.

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“I want to thank people all across the country for their incredible support throughout this journey,” Charlie said.

“All of the generous donations will go to the two charities which are so close to my heart. It is an amazing gesture of support for me and my family.

“Throughout this campaign, we have had the support of so many wonderful people and organisations, and I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart.

“I would also like to particularly thank the Defence Forces, An Garda Siochana, Mayo Mountain Rescue, the Order of Malta and all our local volunteers for making our climb today possible.”

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