Belfast Telegraph

Ian Botham bowls over young fans at Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

By Ann W Schmidt

Cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham bowled over some of his younger fans when he visited the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Former England captain Sir Ian met patient Euan Burrows (11) yesterday and gave him a signed cricket bat.

Euan plays cricket and rugby, but severed the tendons in his leg in a fall through a glass lean-to.

The schoolboy reckoned his father might be a bit jealous after he met the famous Test cricketer.

"I was so excited," said Euan. "I think dad would have liked to be here, but he's at work."

Sir Ian also presented a £30,000 Giraffe Omnibed to the children's intensive care unit. His charity, Beefy's Foundation, added £10,000 to donations collected by the Belfast Solicitors Association.

Sir Ian's foundation raises money mainly for five charities, but helps others too.

"We're open to any knock on the door," he said. "If we can, we will. It's as simple as that."

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