Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

The day Rory McIlroy heard all about Sidney the kidney

Golfing star Rory McIlroy has got into the swing of things to back a local charity drive.

The Holywood sportsman met kids at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children on Thursday in support of Cool FM’s Cash for Kids Radiothon.

Among those he spent time with was little Ben Bingham — and ‘Sidney the Kidney’.

Plucky five-year-old Ben from Jordanstown had a kidney transplant earlier this year, with the donor his own mum Andrea.

And Rory, who took time out of his hectic schedule to support the event, was tickled to hear the youngster’s pet name for his life-saving organ.

Another visitor was BBC sports presenter Stephen Watson, who received a kidney from his father in 1990 after discovering that both his kidneys were failing.

The second annual Cool FM’s Cash for Kids Radiothon began live at 6am on Wednesday and aims to raise thousands of pounds for the facility.

The event is supported and presented by the DJs at Cool FM, who will again broadcast live from the hospital, giving listeners the chance to find out first-hand about the work behind the scenes.

Cash raised at the event will fund vital new equipment, develop new facilities for the hospital, give extra support to sick children being cared for in the community and provide funding for specialist research and training.

The Radiothon event runs until Friday and more sporting stars including Tyrone GAA boss Mickey Harte are expected to attend.

Log on to www.coolfm.co.uk for more information on how to donate

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