Charlie Bird to lead Bray’s Darkness Into Light walk

Retired broadcaster Charlie Bird will lead this year’s Darkness Into Light walk in Bray, it has been announced.

The fundraising event, which will officially return on May 7 after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, is being organised by Bray Lions Club.

Mr Bird is expected to lead the walk in Bray town.

Darkness Into Light raises funds for suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta House, with up to 200,000 people taking part throughout Ireland each year.

“In 2022, we are delighted to be welcoming back our in-person walks in Ireland and across the world. In 2021, we were also overwhelmed by the support of thousands of people who took part in Darkness Into Light in their own way,” said a spokesperson for the fundraiser.

“So, this year, we are inviting you to take part in Darkness Into Light in whatever way you want. The important thing is that you share a sunrise moment and raise vital funds for people affected by suicide and self-harm. Together, we can create a global sunrise moment and join together to be the light against the dark.”

Former RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird tackled Croagh Patrick on earlier this month with friends, former colleagues and famous to raise funds for two charities, the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.

Mr Bird revealed in December how he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, which is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord.

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