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Official Charity Partner


THE Irish Football Association is delighted to announce that it has extended its’ charity partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care for another year.

Irish FA Head of Marketing and Communications, Geoff Wilson said: “I am very happy to announce Marie Curie as the Association’s charity for 2013. Last year there was some great success in building awareness of the charity through collections at games and other fundraising events. We will continue to give the full support of the Irish FA to Marie Curie Cancer Care. I can only hope that local football supporters will continue to support this wonderful charity throughout 2013.”

Marie Curie Cancer Care cares for people with terminal cancer and other life limiting illnesses in their own homes across Northern Ireland and in the Marie Curie Cancer Care hospice in Belfast.

Marie Curie nurses provide free care for patients at home, giving people the choice to be nursed in their own homes, with their loved ones.
Corporate Development Manager for Marie Curie, Anne Hannan said: ‘It is an absolute delight to be the Irish FA charity again for 2013. We were really hoping to get it again and all the staff are so pleased.

“In 2012 we started to build a relationship with the Irish FA; now we can take this a step further and try and get even more involvement. The Irish FA is huge; it is hard to engage all the clubs and supporters in just one year.”

Anne continued: “Being the official charity for 2013 gives Marie Curie many more public opportunities for us to reach out to people and explain how we help people who are ill with cancer. We can collect at matches, these are on Sky Sports and get so much media coverage – it is brilliant for us as we could not do that on our own. We even had some Northern Ireland supporters trek Cambodian to raise money last year and members of the Irish FA ran the Belfast Marathon all for our cause.

“We can assure you that this money will benefit the local Marie Curie Cancer Care nursing service and help our wonderful nurses provide specialist nursing care to people with terminal illnesses and give them the choice of spending their last days in their own home surrounded by the people and things they love. Marie Curie nurses provide care at any time of the day or overnight, looking after patients and their families to accommodate their physical, social, spiritual and psychological needs.

“The Irish FA has said their aim is to sponsor a Marie Curie nurse – this costs £19,000. So far they have raised £11,000 in 2012 and we have high hopes 2013 will get the same results. On behalf of Marie Curie I would like to thank the Irish FA for all the support, and also anyone who donated to Marie Curie in 2012, I cannot thank you enough.”

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