Darren donates jersey to vital cause
Published 26/06/2013 | 05:44
Although Darren Randolph played no part for the Republic of Ireland against Georgia, he did have an impact closer to home.
The Bray man donated the jersey he wore on the night to the Bray Cancer Support Centre and they are now auctioning off the goalkeeper's shirt, with all proceeds going to the centre.
It was a mutual friend of the centre and Randolph - Stephen Guerin - that secured the prize. And he then decided to donate the Irish top, with Randolph's prized possession going to the highest bidder. The jersey is signed by the Birmingham City custodian and will remain up for grabs until early July.
Speaking on behalf of Bray Cancer Support Centre, Conor O'Leary expressed his extreme gratitude to both Stephen Guerin and Randolph for their thoughtful gift.
'We're absolutely delighted. Darren's a local lad and it's lovely that he can help us out like this. We aim to help as many patients as we can between Wicklow and South Dublin but it's tough for all charities out there at the minute.
'People don't have the money but yet they continue to support us. All money we receive goes to helping the people affected by cancer.
'We're holding our own though. But we couldn't do it without the community'
The centre provides a drop-in service from Monday to Friday which provides counselling and therapy or even just a friendly voice to anybody suffering or effected by cancer. They're also currently looking to purchase a bus which would allow them to transport patients and their families to hospitals for treatments. They recently received two grants to bolster their hopes but continue to fundraise.
Randolph meanwhile faces a new challenge this season. He has joined Championship club Birmingham City from Motherwell and Conor has admitted that he'll be very keeping a very keen eye on Randolph's progress this season!
Bidding is in the early stages and bids can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.