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Football star cheers school with marathon charity effort

By Tess Davidson

Northern Irish football star Josh Magennis has given one group of children plenty to cheer about, helping a local school to raise over £1,000 for learning disability charity Mencap.

Nendrum College in Comber raised the impressive total through sponsorship for the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

Ahead of his upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against San Marino and the Czech Republic, the striker has been using his position as a Mencap ambassador to raise awareness about the charity.

His uncle, Ross Williams, is a teacher at Nendrum College, and Josh soon became a regular visitor to the school.

"The pupils really look up to him," Mr Williams said.

"When he became a Mencap ambassador, everyone was keen to get behind the charity."

Josh became a Mencap Celebrity Ambassador in November 2016, joining celebrities such as actor Kit Harrington.

"I was delighted when Nendrum College decided to come on board and support Mencap," he said. Mencap is also the official charity of the 2017 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, September 17.

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