Stradbally stop for annual vintage run for the hospice

Pictured at the Gandon Inn for  the launch of the Annual Vintage Run on August 16th, 2014 ,were(l. to r.) Tom Treacy , Marcus Moynan , Jim Kelly , Ger Whelan , Eamonn Dowling ,Martin Delaney , Anthony Dunne and Cecil Lewis .     Photo: Michael Scully - no fee .
The Laois Hospice annual vintage run will this year honour the Laois Vintage founder Mervyn Graham.

The Laois Hospice annual vintage run will this year honour the Laois Vintage founder Mervyn Graham.

Launched recently at the Gandon Inn the road run in aid of the Laois Hospice Foundation takes place on Saturday August 16 starts from Treacy’s Restaurant and Bar, The Heath at 10 am.

This premier sponsored road run, now on its 19th year, has enjoyed outstanding success over the years. The organisers look forward to seeing all of the old familiar faces, and, of course, some new ones for 2014.

As this year’s event is being run in memory of Mervyn Graham, founder of Laois Vintage Limited, the tractor drive will take in Mervyn’s hometown of Stradbally, where the official stop will be at Ramsbottoms Pub.

The car run takes in the Irish Fly Fishing & Game Shooting Museum in Attanagh where over four thousand exhibits trace the development of hunting, shooting and fishing through the ages, and is the only one of its kind in Europe.

Vehicles return to Treacys, between 3.30pm. and 4pm where complimentary meals will be served and commemorative plaques distributed to each participant.

Over the years this vintage road run has become a very important fundraising event, and it is only through our dedicated vintage enthusiasts, bucket collectors, and sponsors, who so generously give of their time and money, that to much financial assistance has been raised for Laois Hospice.

Without their combined help it would have been impossible to realise the total sponsorship of €765,000 being raised and donated to Laois Hospice since our very first sponsored run in 1996.

The organisers guarantee that all money raised goes to Laois Hospice. People who give generously can also be confident that donations are used exclusively for palliative care.

More details from Ger on 087 2530124.