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Linfield donated their shirt sponsorship to the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice in 2013 and have remained in partnership with the charity ever since.

Linfield donated their shirt sponsorship to the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice in 2013 and have remained in partnership with the charity ever since.

Brian Little

Linfield donated their shirt sponsorship to the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice in 2013 and have remained in partnership with the charity ever since.

Linfield are set to present over £10,000 to the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice after supporters opted to donate ticket refunds.

The club had been due to meet Big Two rivals Glentoran at the Oval, just a week after the Irish FA suspended local football due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tickets had already been sold for the clash and, once the season was brought to a premature end, fans contacted the club to request their money was donated to the club's official charity partner rather than refunded.

All tickets that were not submitted for refund went instead towards the donation, which, the club has announced, totalled £7,864. An additional £2,220 was raised through the club's JustGiving page, with a total of £10,084 now set to be handed over.

The partnership was launched several years ago and has seen around £50,000 raised to support the charity. In the 13/14 season, the club donated its shirt sponsorship to the Hospice.

Due to the 'devastating' impact of the coronavirus pandemic on income, the NI Hospice launched an emergency appeal at the end of March, fronted by Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers who made a 'substantial donation'.

Every year, the Hospice supports over 4000 babies, children and adults with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions as well as their families.

Belfast Telegraph