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Mark Allen gives Northern Ireland Open prize money to charity

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen has donated his NI Open prize money to charity.

Allen, from Antrim, won a sum of £2500 prize money from the snooker event on Wednesday at the Waterfront Hall.

The 31-year-old divided the money between two charities, Welcome Belfast - a Belfast charity which provides lifesaving services to vulnerable people, and Cure4Cam - a charity set up for a 12-year-old boy who has a DIPG brain tumour.

The snooker star took to Facebook to thank everyone for supporting him.

He tweeted: "Gutted I couldn't go further in this years NI Open but credit to Tian...Thanks to everyone who supported me as always.

"Also a big shout out to @homelessbelfast and @cure4camfund for letting me be a small part of their journey.

"£2500 prize money from the event which will be split evenly between the two charities. Sorry it couldn't be a bit more for you."

The Antrim man crashed out of the competition in Belfast after losing the final frame decider to Chinese rival Tian Pengfei.


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