15 49.0138 8.38624 1 0 4000 1 https://35marathonman.ie 300 true 0

About Irish Heart Foundation

Now it is your turn to Act FAST and score a goal for stroke.

Donate now: €35

Just €1 x 35 marathons.

Where your money will go:

€35 x 10,000 times (the number of strokes in Ireland each year)= lifesaving FAST advert back on TV
€35 x 2,000 times (the number of stroke deaths annually)= lifesaving FAST advert back on radio
€35 x 500 times (lives that can be saved annually from FAST)= FAST posters distributed to hospitals
€35 x 5 times (for one in 5 people who will have a stroke)= one hour of stroke research
€35 x 1 (one man, running 35 marathons)= one hour of an IHF Helpline nurse
€3 or €5 (3 out of 5 adults have high blood pressure)= 3 stroke patient booklets

As well as supporting the Irish Heart Foundation, every donation to Alan’s 35 Marathon challenge will also help the National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation (NRH) and the Football Village of Hope.

The NRH Foundation provides a range of specialist rehabilitation services to patients across the country in the areas of Brain Injury (including Stroke and other Neurological Conditions), Spinal Cord Injury
Prosthetic, Orthotic and Limb Absence Rehabilitation and Paediatric Family-Centred Rehabilitation.

Every donation will help fund these vital services in communities and give patients the opportunity to meet their rehabilitation goals through personalised treatment plans so they can participate meaningfully in family and community life.

The Football Village of Hope aims to build peace through sport and for the last 3 years, the project has brought together children from Palestine and Israel to participate in a football peace building initiative that has been an overwhelming success.

Your donations will support the establishment of a similar project in Ireland, bringing together children from North and South of the border and to continue their work internationally to bring together more children caught in the middle of a political divide.

What is the Irish Heart Foundation?
The Irish Heart Foundation is the national charity fighting stroke and heart disease, funded up to 90 per cent by public and corporate donations.

Our Vision
Our vision is that every person living in Ireland will live a long, active and healthy life free from heart, stroke and blood vessel disease.

Our Mission
Our mission is to lead in improving the cardiovascular health of people living in Ireland so they do not experience disability or die from preventable heart, stroke and other blood vessel diseases.

What Does the Irish Heart Foundation Do?
The Irish Heart Foundation:

  •     Provides information on heart health to the public and media
  •     Supports patients in managing heart disease and stroke
  •     Provides heart health programmes in schools and workplaces
  •     Co-ordinates the training of medics and the public in emergency lifesaving skills (CPR)
  •     Supports research, education and development in the medical profession
  •     Advocates better patient treatment and services

We are a member of:

  • The European Heart Network
  • The World Heart Federation

Heart disease – Ireland’s No.1 Killer
Approximately 10,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease (CVD) – including coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and other circulatory diseases. CVD is the most common cause of death in Ireland, accounting for 36% of all deaths. The largest number of these deaths relate to CHD – mainly heart attack – at 5,000. 22% of premature deaths (under age 65) are from CVD.

Each year, approximately 10,000 Irish people have a stroke and around 2,000 die – more deaths than breast cancer, prostate cancer and bowel cancer combined. An estimated 30,000 people are living in the community with disabilities as a result of a stroke. This makes stroke the third biggest cause of death in Ireland and the biggest cause of acquired disability. In April 2008, the Irish Heart Foundation commissioned the first national audit on stroke care and it confirmed that between 350 and 500 lives could be saved annually if stroke units were introduced into Irish hospitals. In November 2009, the Irish Heart Foundation launched its Stroke Manifesto calling for urgent action to overhaul stroke services. Join the Irish Heart Foundation’s campaign today for better stroke services .

The Irish Heart Foundation was established in 1966.


  • Coronary care units in all hospitals 1966-1975
  • Public awareness and education programme
  • ‘Action for Life’ program in schools
  • ‘Sli na Slainte’ 157 locations – now adopted in many countries
  • Advocacy – smoking ban 2004
  • National patient helpline 2006
  • National stroke audit 2008

The Irish Heart Foundation is 90 per cent funded by public donations.