REVUP 2018 delivers on it’s promise!

Lord’s Taverners Ireland partnered with Dead Ducks Motor Cycle Club in 2018 with the joint goal of arranging one of the largest fundraising events to date for our charity and what a success it was!

 REVUP 2018 took place 5th – 7th May 2018 and nearly 50 motorbikes departed Dublin on a 2 night / 3 day mystery tour.

 The aim of REVUP 2018 was to raise enough funds to purchase a minibus for St. Michaels School Holy Angels in Chapelizod in memory of one of REVUP’s founders, Aidan Lynam, who was tragically killed in 2015.

On Friday 21st December this promise became a reality as a brand new minibus was delivered to St Michaels School Holy Angels and the reception received was incredible.

Some of the REVUP participants took time off work to escort the bus in through the school gates and to see a large group of students, staff and parents clapping, cheering and waving a thank you banner was a sight never to be forgotten. Some bikers were even seen putting their helmets back on to discreetly wipe away some happy tears – but we won’t mention any names!

The bus was opened up and surrounded by the students who proceeded to sing Christmas carols and take it in turns to board it. Some were even taken on a spin around the car park.

Following this was an invitation into their school hall for a private mini concert to listen to some songs sung by a choir made up of students from various classes throughout the school as a thank you and the morning ended with some lovely refreshments.

It was a very proud morning for the family and friends of Aidan Lynam and a huge testament to all participants of REVUP 2018!

Lord’s Taverners Ireland play Santa to the Benhaffaf twins!

Lord’s Taverners Ireland were delighted to present Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf with two custom made handcycles at our recent Christmas lunch and Paul Ryan ensured that the boys received them in time for Christmas Day!

Thank you so much to their mother, Angie Benhaffaf, for the following beautiful words……

“I want to thank The Lord’s Taverners and all their supporters from my heart. Since Hassan & Hussein were (3) years old they have asked Santa for a bike & every year we failed to find a suitable bike for them due to them having only one leg & half a pelvis. It broke my heart every year to see a bike on their Christmas wish list & to every year not find them one as everything had two pedals. So last year the twins stopped asking Santa for a bike. It’s something every child gets and something so simple that we all take for granted. So yesterday when Paul Ryan appeared with two especially made Hand Cycles from the Lords Taverners the dreams of my two little boys came true. Their excitement & emotions were overwhelming for us to watch & we had happy tears as we watched them cycling up and down our road. The twins whole lives have been in hospitals and over 50 surgeries & yet they never let it define them, or hold them back. Instead they live every day to the fullest and with a smile and teach us all the truly important values of life. Thank you all for making the dreams of two very special little boys a reality- we are all so grateful xx love Angie ❤️”

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland receive their new minibus!

Tom Scott, CEO of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, received the keys to their brand new Lord’s Taverners Ireland minibus at our December lunch and spoke of how it will make a huge difference to the lives of many of the young people that use its services.

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland is a national organisation supporting more than 2,000 people who know Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus to be a reality in their lives.

The Lord’s Taverners Ireland minibus will be used daily by Clonshaugh Resource Centre members and weekly by their Club 2000 Sports Members as well as for various teen breaks, children’s respite breaks, their annual sports day and many more events during the year.

2018 Minibus Recipient – Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland

Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland is a national organisation supporting more than 2,000 people who know Spina Bifida and/or Hydrocephalus to be a reality in their lives.

The Lord’s Taverners Ireland minibus will be used daily by Clonshaugh Resource Centre members and weekly by their Club 2000 Sports Members as well as for various teen breaks, children’s respite breaks, their annual sports day and many more events during the year.

www.sbhi.ie

Hassan & Hussein Benhaffaf

Twins Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, from Carrigtwohill, Cork, were born joined at the chest in UCLH Hospital, London, 2nd December 2009 and underwent a 14-hour long operation in 2010 to separate them.

They shared everything except their hearts and were left with half a pelvis and one leg each. Hassan and Hussein are regularly in and out of doctor's care in both Ireland and England and to date have undergone more than 52 operations between them and have a life of surgery ahead of them.

Despite this, the boys live a full and active life and are involved in sports, wheelchair basketball, Athletics and swimming. Their wish was to go cycling outside just like their friends and take part in bike sports and Lord’s Taverners Ireland were delighted to help.

In December 2018 Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf were presented with two hand cycles funded by Lord’s Taverners Ireland, which were made specially for them just in time for Christmas.

Ed Joyce announced as Ambassador for Lord’s Taverners Ireland!

We are delighted to announce that Ed Joyce has agreed to become an Ambassador for the Lord's Taverners Ireland.

As you know, Ed is a hugely respected and iconic figure in Irish cricket. We are grateful that he readily accepted our invitation and are looking forward to working with him to help to give more young people a sporting chance, particularly those with special needs.

Ed is having his Testimonial year, in conjunction with Sussex C.C.C., and is hosting a prestigious fine dining experience in the Long Room, in Lord's, on Thursday, 18th. October 2018, commencing at 7pm.

For more information, please click on the link below:-

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lords-dinner-tickets-45059694760

Surprise Guests at 10th Annual Golf Outing!

Friday 17th August was another great day out for Lord’s Taverners Ireland as 21 teams turned up to play in the 10th Annual Golf Day at Castle Golf Club.

Although there was rain in the morning, the weather Gods smiled fondly upon us and it cleared for the afternoon, resulting in an enjoyable day for all players.

Scoring was extremely high this year and we were delighted to congratulate the first ever all ladies team to win the competition. Team Cricket Ireland came first with a score of 92 points, followed by team Alan McClean (91 points) and team Alan Lewis (85 points). Angela O’Connor won the ladies longest drive and Clive Davis the men’s longest drive.

All worthy winners were presented with some excellent Italian wine and after play, the teams and guests enjoyed dinner back in the club house.

After dinner attendees were treated to a huge surprise when two members of the Ladies Irish Hockey team and World Cup Silver Medallists,  Anna O’Flanagan and Chloe Watkins took part in a questions and answers session led by our compere on the night, Alan Lewis.

Funds raised went towards the cost of purchasing specialised equipment, enabling us to continue ‘Giving young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance’.

We look forward to returning to Castle Golf Club in for our 11th outing on Friday 16th August 2019!

RevUp 2018 a Huge Success!

We are delighted to announce that thanks to the 40 motorcyclists and pillion passengers who gave up their time 5th – 7th May 2018 to travel over 1,000km, enough funds were raised to purchase a minibus for St Michaels School Holy Angels, Chapelizod.

This was Lord’s Taverners Ireland first year working with Dead Ducks Motorcycle Club and their annual REV Up event and it as a fantastic weekend with lots of laughs and many new friends made.

Our base for the two nights was The Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone and the setting couldn’t have been more perfect during the fabulous weather as the motorcyclists relaxed in the evening after long days on the open road.

The presentation of a minibus to St Michaels School, Holy Angels is particularly poignant to Dead Ducks Motorcycle Club and most of this year’s participants as one of its students, Robyn Lynam, is the daughter of Aidan Lynam, one of the founders of REVUP who was tragically killed in 2015.

REVUP 2019 will take place 6th – 8th May 2019 and Lord’s Taverners Ireland hope to be involved with it once again.

www.revup.ie

Daniel Tighe

There's running a marathon... and then there's doing it pushing a buggy. Sinead Tighe from the Kiltipper Road in Tallaght, Dublin, took on the 2017 Dublin City Marathon while pushing her son Daniel, nine, in a running chair.

Daniel is one of only 40 children living in Ireland with Sotos Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects sensory processing and growth. It means that by the age of 10 months he was the size of a three-year- old and it's estimated he'll grow to over 7ft.

By the time they got to the start line on 29 October, Daniel weighed between six-and-a-half and seven stone, and was over 5ft 1ins tall.

Sinead needs to raise €100,000 to make the necessary modifications to their home and the marathon was one of their main fundraising events.

Lord’s Taverners Ireland will be supporting Daniels Voyage by providing funding support for a customised running chair. This support was made possible by the 2017 Golf Classic at Castle Golf Club which was superbly organised by Keith Cairns with attendance from a wide selection of our members and friends.

We wish Sinead, Daniel and family well in their fundraising efforts and all support for them from the Lord’s Taverners Ireland community would be greatly appreciated.

You can read more about Daniel at www.danielsvoyage.net and can donate at https://www.ifundraise.ie/1597_daniels-voyage.html

2016 Minibus Recipient - Scoil Mochua

Scoil Mochua, Clondalkin, provides education for children from the age of 3 to 18 years living in west Dublin, north Kildare and west Wicklow.

 

The school is for children with multiple disabilities, which means children with a primary physical disability and with other additional significant disabilities that can be managed by CRC school staff and resources.

 

https://www.crc.ie/what-we-do/for-babies-toddlers/our-schools/scoil-mochua/

RevUp 2018 a Huge Success!

We are delighted to announce that thanks to the 40 motorcyclists and pillion passengers who gave up their time 5th – 7th May 2018 to travel over 1,000km, enough funds were raised to purchase a minibus for St Michaels School Holy Angels, Chapelizod.

This was Lord’s Taverners Ireland first year working with Dead Ducks Motorcycle Club and their annual REV Up event and it as a fantastic weekend with lots of laughs and many new friends made.

Our base for the two nights was The Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone and the setting couldn’t have been more perfect during the fabulous weather as the motorcyclists relaxed in the evening after long days on the open road.

The presentation of a minibus to St Michaels School, Holy Angels is particularly poignant to Dead Ducks Motorcycle Club and most of this year’s participants as one of its students, Robyn Lynam, is the daughter of Aidan Lynam, one of the founders of REVUP who was tragically killed in 2015.

REVUP 2019 will take place 6th – 8th May 2019 and Lord’s Taverners Ireland hope to be involved with it once again.

www.revup.ie

2017 Christmas Lunch

Our annual Christmas lunch took place in The Intercontinental Hotel Ballsbridge on Thursday 14th December 2017.

Once again, thanks to the generosity of attendees and the support of many individuals and companies who donated items for our main and silent auction, we were able to present our 12th minibus to another very worthwhile cause. The key for the minibus was very graciously accepted by Principal Sheelagh Jones on behalf of our 2017 recipients, Cheeverstown School.

Lots of laughs were had when well known comedian Oliver Callan took to the stage and we were also delighted welcome Kingsley Aikins as our after dinner speaker.

Members of The Dead Ducks Motorcycle club were in attendance to launch a new and exciting fundraising event REV UP 2018 and more details of this special event will follow shortly!

A great day was had by all and we look forward to doing it all again on 20th December 2018!

2015 Minibus recipient – The Rebel Wheelers

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Rebel Wheelers was set up in 2008 by a group of parents and IWA Sport. They all saw the need for an inclusive club to cater for their children as well as for others with physical disabilities. The range of physical disabilities affecting these youngsters is vast. The club sessions focus on fun and inclusion. Each and every member is encouraged to try a variety of sport and games. Coaches of different sports also come to the club and share their knowledge and training with Rebel Wheelers members. Games and sports are played by wheelchair users and ambulant members alike.

www.rebelwheelers.com

 

2014 Minibus recipient The Irish Wheelchair Association

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The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) was founded in 1960 by a small group of wheelchair users committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities in Ireland. IWA has gone on to become an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country. Together they work to achieve greater independence, freedom and choice for people living with disability.

www.iwa.ie

 

2013 Minibus recipient - The LauraLynn Foundation

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LauraLynn is a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions and residential care for young adults with disabilities. They provide palliative care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. Their holistic approach to care enables them to support the whole family, allowing parents to be ‘Mum and Dad’ rather than full-time carers. Their children’s palliative care is delivered through their Multi-disciplinary Team.  They work in partnership with the child’s primary care team with a shared goal of ensuring high quality Respite, Crisis, Transitional and End-of life care, between Hospital, Hospice and Home.  

www.lauralynn.ie

 

2011 Minibus recipient - Camphill Communities of Ireland

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Camphill Communities of Ireland is part of an international charitable trust working with people with intellectual disabilities and other kinds of special needs. The Camphill philosophy is that no matter what an individual’s disability may appear to be, the spirit - the essential core that makes us all human - always remains whole. From its beginnings near Aberdeen in Scotland, Camphill has grown to become a truly international Movement with communities in Europe, North America, southern Africa and India. Camphill communities are family friendly with activities suitable for all ages.

www.camphill.ie

 

2010 Minibus recipient - Belvedere Youth Club

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Belvedere Youth Club originated when Belvedere Social Services assumed responsibility for two existing inner city Youth Clubs in 1918. After several changes in location within the North Inner City, fundraising initiatives enabled the Club to raise the £650,000 necessary to move to permanent, custom-built premises in Buckingham Street.  Facilities include, a Sports Hall, Gymnasium, Training Kitchen, Computer Training Facilities, Theatre facilities, ceramics and pottery, Recreational areas, Changing Rooms, and Showers. The youth club is one of the most popular projects in the Inner City for children and in some families it is almost a rite of passage that they join the club that their parents attended when they were children.

www.belvedereyouthclub.ie