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Northern Ireland's Steven Davis and Jonny Evans and Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy with Tom Walsh, Sophie Walsh and Cathal Tobin

Northern Ireland's Steven Davis and Jonny Evans and Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy with Tom Walsh, Sophie Walsh and Cathal Tobin

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With Callum Friel (15)

With Callum Friel (15)

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Toddler Fionn McKenna

Toddler Fionn McKenna

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The players are joined by David Meyler at the bedside of Freya Fitzpatrick (13)

The players are joined by David Meyler at the bedside of Freya Fitzpatrick (13)

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Northern Ireland's Steven Davis and Jonny Evans and Republic of Ireland's Shane Duffy with Tom Walsh, Sophie Walsh and Cathal Tobin

Northern Ireland captain Steve Davis and teammate Jonny Evans have visited Ireland's largest paediatric hospital to support children with cancer ahead of tomorrow night's friendly against the Republic.

They were joined by Irish squad players Shane Duffy and David Meyler at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin to highlight the work of medical and caring staff.

The footballers used the visit to showcase the work of Cancer Fund for Children, an all-Ireland charity which supports young people diagnosed with the disease, and their families.

Davis said: "The Northern Ireland team has supported the work of Cancer Fund for Children since Euro 2016 and it was excellent to see how that charity helps kids and families across the island of Ireland. It was also great to be with Shane and David to show that no matter what team we play for, everyone is together in the fight to help kids beat this disease."

The Cancer Fund for Children plans to build a new therapeutic short break centre in Connacht for families across Ireland - similar to its existing Daisy Lodge facility in Northern Ireland.

Consultant Paediatric Oncologist Dr Cormac Owens said they were "extremely proud" to welcome the players from both sides of the border to the ward.

"The children and families had a fantastic day getting autographs and photos of their sporting heroes and enjoyed talking to them about their fitness regime," he said. Fans can donate £5 to Cancer Fund for Children by texting GAWA to 70660.

Belfast Telegraph