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An inspiration, the young cancer patients wishing our boys luck

By Staff Reporter

Northern Ireland's players have received some especially inspiring messages of support from young cancer patients.

Children staying in Daisy Lodge in Co Down sent 'Good Luck' posters to the players. Goalkeeper Michael McGovern and Gareth McAuley - whose goal against Ukraine last week was Northern Ireland's first in the Euro 2016 finals - read the messages and thanked the kids for their support ahead of the game against world champions Germany.

Daisy Lodge in Newcastle offers free therapeutic short breaks to families from all over Ireland.

Cancer Fund for Children chief executive Gillian Creevy said: "We are delighted to have the support of the Northern Ireland football team during Euro 2016. As a local charity we receive less than 0.5% of our income from the Government and rely on voluntary support of local businesses and the community to help us raise vital funds. The Northern Ireland football team have shown that with self-belief and passion you can achieve so much, and we hope to pass that positivity on to our families through therapeutic and emotional support at a time when they most need it."

Fans can text the word DAISY to 70555 to donate £3 to the charity

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