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Sanita Puspure, Gold Medal Winner at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria, launched the Christmas Cracker Cycle in aid of Marymount University Hospital & Hospice at Marymount, Cork. Pictured were Katie Bruen (11); Jack Callanan; Sanita Puspure; Rose Murphy and Joe Bruen (9). Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
Sanita Puspure, Gold Medal Winner at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria, launched the Christmas Cracker Cycle in aid of Marymount University Hospital & Hospice at Marymount, Cork. Pictured were Katie Bruen (11); Jack Callanan; Sanita Puspure; Rose Murphy and Joe Bruen (9). Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
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World champ Sanita backs cracker cycle

CORK’S world rowing champion, Sanita Puspure, has encouraged people to get on their bikes in aid of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice this December.

Gold Medal Winner at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria, Ms Puspure launched the annual Marymount Christmas Cracker Cycle on Saturday.

She encouraged cyclists to again support this highly popular Christmas event on December 1. More than 250 cyclists have taken part each year over the past seven years.

Cyclists of all experience levels and ages are encouraged to take part in the festive event and participants can register on the morning of the cycle from 8.30am at Marymount.

For the not-so-serious cyclist, a 10km fun cycle will also be held, starting at 9.30am, while the 50km and 90km cycles will get underway at 10am.

Participants will be asked for a voluntary contribution on registration. Refreshments, including seasonal mince pies, will be served to all cyclists on their return and prizes for the best festive costume will be presented.

Founded in 1870, Marymount University Hospital & Hospice moved to Curraheen, on the outskirts of Cork City to a purpose-built modern facility in 2011.

Marymount is the hub from where specialist palliative care services are delivered to those in need throughout Cork city and county.

At Marymount, care is offered to those living with life-limiting conditions. The services delivered include inpatient hospice, daycare and an extensive community outreach across the county.

Last year Marymount provided input into the care of approximately 3,000 patients and their families.

It receives 70% state funding making public efforts for fundraising essential to help meet the shortfall.

At least €3 million is required each year in order to continue to provide services.

A spokesperson for the hospice said Marymount are so grateful to the people of Cork for their ongoing support.

“Without fundraising support, Marymount would have to cut services at a time of growing need.

“Marymount is indebted to the entire community for their ongoing support and friendship,” he added.