Belfast Telegraph

Family of tragic Derry player to use funds to help young footballers

By Leona O'Neill

The heartbroken sister of Derry City FC captain Ryan McBride has said that a new foundation set up in her brother's honour to help young footballers achieve their dreams is what "he would have wanted".

Ryan's sister Caitlin (26) helped launch the foundation chaired by her father Lexie yesterday in Londonderry, just three weeks after her 27-year-old brother died suddenly at his Brandywell home.

The money from fundraising campaigns set up to help the McBride family in the wake of the tragic death will now be pumped into helping young footballers and groups that were close to the Candystripes captain's heart. "We are just trying to keep Ryan's name alive and his memory going on," said Caitlin.

"We received money through fundraising when Ryan passed away and we talked among ourselves about what the best thing was to do with the money to remember Ryan.

"We wanted to give young people support, in conjunction with Derry City FC, through schools and community centres in ways that would help them and raise their confidence. We know this is what Ryan would have wanted.

"He was very much a champion for the young people in this city."

Caitlin says the family, devastated by the loss of a son, brother and partner so young, have found some comfort in continuing Ryan's proud legacy.

"Setting up the foundation has been something to concentrate on," she said. "Ryan was a Derry hero, an idol to many, and he was my big brother and I'm proud we can now help other young people like he would have wanted to."

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