12.03.24: Today Pieta mourns the passing of broadcaster and Pieta ambassador Charlie Bird. He was an incredible force for good, and a wonderful and generous person who worked tirelessly to extend the hand of friendship to a range of good causes. We are deeply saddened by his loss.

Charlie was a strong advocate for better mental health services and supports, and when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2021, despite the difficult news, he knew that he wanted to do even more to help others. He was that kind of guy.

Charlie chose to organise a charity climb of Croagh Patrick. His determination inspired people to 'Climb with Charlie', and they joined him in their thousands in climbing mountains all over the country. It was a truly inspiring sight.

The climbs raised over €3 million euro for both Pieta and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. All of us at Pieta were touched by the generosity of the public, and by Charlie’s unwavering determination and support. The money from ‘Climb with Charlie’ helped us to start the Charlie Bird Crisis Intervention Fund to support people experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Through writing his book, ‘A Day in May: Real Lives, True Stories’, he played a crucial role in helping to raise funds for Pieta’s work. Most recently the book was adapted as a stage show at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire.

In November 2022, Charlie, Claire, and their dog Tiger helped open our Pieta centre in Swords. And we are very proud to have one of the therapy rooms named after Charlie in recognition of his amazing contribution.

As we in Pieta extend our deepest condolences to Charlie's wife, Claire, and his family and friends, we remember him for his enduring commitment to making the world a place of compassion and understanding.

Thank you so much Charlie. And may you rest in peace.

You can read more about the legacy Charlie leaves at Pieta, and his work over the years

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