Festive gift: Cliftonville ace George McMullan and Linfield's Niall Quinn present signed football shirts to Noreen Kennedy, Community Fundraising Manager and Tina McCrossan, Director of Children and Young People's Services to raise funds for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice PACEMAKERThe image of the domestic game sometimes takes a battering but critics fail to fully appreciate the positive contribution to society made by clubs.
A few mindless morons can dominate the news agenda with their sectarian chanting, but little attention is focused on the impressive work clubs do in the community.
Step forward Linfield and Premiership champions Cliftonville who have both united to raise important funds for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.
Linfield ace Niall Quinn and Reds skipper George McMullan visited the Hospice to donate signed Linfield and Cliftonville shirts to assist the children's charity with their fundraising efforts.
Both clubs have busy schedules over the Christmas period but the players were delighted to support the tremendous work of the Hospice.
The Hospice continues to provide respite and end of life care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Practical, emotional and bereavement support is also provided for the whole family.
Care is provided at the Children's Hospice buildings in Newtownabbey and Killadeas and in local communities across Northern Ireland.
Noreen Kennedy, Community Fundraising Manager for Northern Ireland Children's Hospice said: "We want to sincerely thank Linfield and Cliftonville for their support.
"As Christmas approaches many families are in need of the gift of Children's Hospice care and it is thanks to the fundraising of local organisations such as Linfield and Cliftonville that we are able to provide this much needed nursing care."
If you would like more information about Northern Ireland Children's Hospice or to make a donation please visit www.nihospice.org or contact Noreen Kennedy on 028 9078 1836.