We’re teaming up with our charity partner Cancer Fund for Children ahead of our UEFA Nations League match against Austria.
Tonight we have a very special team of 11 virtual mascots who have each received support from the charity.
While they and their families can’t be with us in person at the match due to COVID-19 restrictions, during the build-up to the game they each received a Northern Ireland home kit, goodie bag and a personally signed letter from boss Ian Baraclough thanking them for their support. They will also feature in tonight's official match day programme which is available to order.
Tonight's mascots are: Pippa Gray (8), from Portstewart; Cody Green (12) from Newtownabbey; Lewis O'Neill (12) from Newtownards; Charly McFadyen (12) from Bangor; Faye McFadyen (8) from Bangor; Jack McKinney (9) from Newtownabbey; Caden Moore (9) from Ballymoney; Joshua Wilson (8) from Portstewart; Sarah Louise King (14) from Ballymena; Thomas Roundtree (9) from Templepatrick; and Zakky Brennan (8) from Belfast.
Every week in Northern Ireland another three families are told the devastating news that their child has cancer
Cancer Fund for Children supports young people aged 0-24 who have been diagnosed with cancer, and young people aged 0-24 who have a parent diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families.
Beyond the essential medical care needed, there is a family life that needs to be rebuilt, and the charity’s aim is to empower, connect and strengthen children so they feel equipped to deal with whatever the future may hold.
The charity relies almost entirely on the generosity of the public to make its work possible.
Over the weekend, on behalf of the team, Northern Ireland vice-captain Jonny Evans called on the Green and White Army to support the team by digging deep for Cancer Fund for Children.
Every week in Northern Ireland another three families are told the devastating news that their child has cancer.
With a small donation of just £5 - which is the cost of a drink or burger which you might normally purchase when attending a match - you can help Cancer Fund for Children ensure that no child has to face cancer alone throughout the coronavirus crisis and beyond.
To donate £5 please text DAISY to 70970
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