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04th Jan 2023

Broadcaster Charlie Bird shares devastating health update

Kat O'Connor

Charlie Bird has given a health update after spending Christmas with his family.

Broadcaster Charlie Bird sadly revealed that his health is in “a much worse situation”.

In a new video, Charlie Bird confirmed that his motor neurone disease has moved to his limbs.

He told his followers;

“This time last year we started the planning for climbwithcharlie on April 2nd it turned out to be an amazing day.

“But today my health is unfortunately in a much worse situation.

“My motor neurone is moving to my limbs. But I am not giving up the fight.”

Charlie added, “Thanks for your kindness.”

He has promised to continue helping charities this year.


Charlie shared, “I want to wish everyone who supported Climb with Charlie a healthy and happy New Year. I want to thank you all for raising €3.5 million for Pieta House and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

“I’m going to continue extending the hand of friendship to everyone who, like myself, are in dark places.”

He continued, “My own situation is not great. I am no longer certain how long more I will have mobility but I am going to continue to raise awareness for Samaritan volunteers all over the country.”

“I have lots of thoughts running around in my head to mark that great day in April, but now there is no possibility that I could climb Croagh Patrick again.”

“What is really upsetting me is that my uncontrollable crying is getting worse.

“I don’t want to be selfish, there are lots of people with terminal illnesses who are in dark places and we all need to show love and kindness to them.”