Ashford’s Charlie Bird ‘facing biggest challenge yet’ as he says he’s struggling to eat

Ashford’s Charlie Bird has shared a health update with his followers and fans where he revealed he is now struggling to eat.

The retired RTÉ journalist revealed in December last year that 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.

Mr Bird, who has lost the ability to speak, tackled Croagh Patrick last month with friends, former colleagues and famous faces to raise funds for two charities, the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.

Sharing a health update, Charlie tweeted: “I am lucky I was able to climb Croagh Patrick. But with my voice gone I am now facing my biggest challenge yet.

“My swallow is getting worse. Sitting down now to eat is turning into a nightmare! But I can still extend the hand of friendship to everyone. Thanks for your support.”

The Ashford resident also shared that over €2.7 million has been raised following his Croagh Patrick climb and other ‘Climb with Charlie’ fundraising events that took place in Wicklow and throughout the country.

Charlie led the Darkness into Light walk in Bray for Pieta House this morning.

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