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Fundraising efforts for former Derry City and Glenavon Mark Farren have topped £30k

By Stuart McKinley

Fundraising efforts to help former Derry City and Glenavon striker Mark Farren will increase - despite the initial target of £23,000 being reached within just four days.

Many of Farren's former team mates at Derry City will face Glenavon, where he finished his career just last season, in a match at Mourneview Park tomorrow night (kick-off 7.45pm) and fundraising events will stretch as far as Australia, with a five-a-side tournament in Sydney on Sunday.

Kevin McHugh, who partnered Farren in the Derry City attack for many years, is one of those co-ordinating the fundraising efforts and he will be among those lining out tomorrow evening.

"The £23,000 was the minimum that was needed to get Mark the treatment in Germany," said McHugh.

"There are a lot of additional costs involved with this. It is likely that Mark will be over there for five weeks and that will involve family members staying there.

"Their accommodation, flights, food all needs to be taken care off, so we will keep going with this.

"It's amazing the support that there has been already and people are still doing more.

"There is an auction and dinner dance planned for May 23 in the Everglades Hotel and there may also be a match that day too."

Over £28,000 has been raised already through online donations since the campaign was launched last Friday.

Added to that will be a sum of £3,765 which was raised at Monday night's Northern Ireland Football Writer's dinner.

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