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Thursday 8 December 2016

Berkeley cycling event powers through to €50k

Jenna Spears, pictured taking part in the Cycle for Berkeley at the Dundrum Town Centre
Jenna Spears, pictured taking part in the Cycle for Berkeley at the Dundrum Town Centre
Jenna Spears, Aoife Keane, Ciara Lynch, Karen Meany and Ciaran Noone pictured taking part in the Cycle for Berkeley at the Dundrum Town Centre
Aoife Beary

A cycling fundraiser for the survivors of the Berkeley balcony disaster has raised €50,000.

Hundreds of people took part in a 72-hour cycle in an effort to raise funds to meet rising healthcare costs.

The fundraising drive, which ended on Sunday at Dundrum Shopping Centre in Dublin, involved family and friends of the injured, along with members of the public, cycle 13 bikes continuously, in an attempt to collectively cover the distance from Dublin to Berkeley and back. The 13 bikes represented the six who died and a further seven injured students.

The event was organised by friends of Aoife Beary, who was one of those seriously injured in the accident.

The former Loreto Foxrock student is due to return home at the end of this month from the Santa Clara Medical Centre, California.

Kevin Dunne, one of the event organisers, said that they were thrilled with how much has been raised.

"All the money will go towards the seven students who were injured," he said.

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"Bikes were also placed in Bank of Ireland branches, where some of the money was raised in tandem with the main event.

"It was really nice to see over the three days how much people wanted to help and donate.

rehabilitation

"The bulk of the money came in through sponsorship cards and most of those were donations of up to €600, which was absolutely amazing.

"There has been an independent committee of advisors made up of medical, legal and financial experts who will determine how the money is best used to help those injured."

Of the seven injured, four have returned home - Clodagh Cogley, Jack Halpin, Sean Fahey and Conor Flynn. All seven survived suffered extensive injuries in the 12-metre fall from a fourth-floor balcony in June.

It's hoped that Aoife, Hannah Waters and Niall Murray will return home by the end of this month, where they will continue rehabilitation.

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