Lenten Challenge 2022

Gillian has increased her daily challenge from last year by 1km and intends to walk 6km every day of Lent 2022.

Wednesday 2nd March – Saturday 16th April 2021

in aid of:

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA), Blackrock Hospice and Parish Funds


Building on last year’s Lenten Challenge, where I suggested that rather than giving things up, that we could pull together as a parochial group for our mental, spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing and health, I am suggesting the same thing for this year.  Two years of the pandemic have taken their toll.

The idea is to take up something that gives you a focus each day.   Last year, people walked, cycled, scooted or ran.  Some learnt the ‘Jerusalema’ and danced it every day in Lent; others meditated or prayed for 15 minutes a day… it’s up to you, but do something that benefits you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, this Lent.


In addition, if people wish to make a donation, the money raised will be divided equally between the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and parish funds. 

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Blackrock Hospice are two charities that are close to our hearts in our parishes and both charities have supported, and continue to support, families in our parishes.


The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association

The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only organisation of its kind in the country.  It is dedicated to working on behalf of people living with MND and their families and carers. Our key services include home visits by our 4 MND nurses, financial assistance towards home help and the supply of specialised equipment on loan. We also fund and promote research into the causes and treatments of MND.

Their AIM IS:

To encourage and promote the best methods of care, education, research and treatment for people with Motor Neurone Disease throughout Ireland, contributing to worldwide efforts in research and development of treatment.

To establish and promote models of good practice in the delivery of specialised services to their patients, their families and carers, setting standards of excellence.

To communicate widely, knowledge of Motor Neurone Disease and related disorders in order to raise awareness in the wider community.


Blackrock Hospice

For almost 20 years, Blackrock Hospice has been operating from its base in Sweetman’s Avenue.

During 2022, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services is investing in significant renovations.

This work will ensure that Blackrock Hospice meets the needs of the community now and for the future. These changes will make real improvements to the care provided by Blackrock Hospice.  However, the Hospice is closed during the renovation period which will have no impact on those being looked after in their own homes by the Home Care Team;

Out-patient appointments will be provided in 203 Merrion Road;

In-patients will be accommodated in either Harold’s Cross or Wicklow Hospice according to their preference and availability.

The project will cost in the region of €6.5 million in fundraised income for which there is a current shortfall of €2 million.


If you wish to, you can help by sponsoring or donating to Gillian’s Lenten Challenge, or you could take up a Challenge yourself.

You can make a donation by online banking to

Booterstown and Mount Merrion Account

IBAN: IE92ULSB 985330 00606072       BIC: ULSBIE2D

 or a cheque payable to Booterstown and Mount Merrion Account