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Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley ‘blown away’ by football community’s response to fundraiser for ill son

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Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo by Alex Nicodim/Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo by Alex Nicodim/Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photo by Alex Nicodim/Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley is “blown away” by the generosity of the League of Ireland community, as his family’s charity fundraiser nears €75,000.

Bradley and his wife Emma launched “Josh’s Shave Your Head Challenge” last week, as their eight-year-old son is currently undergoing treatment for an illness in Crumlin Children’s hospital. The money will be split between the Children’s Health Foundation, Aoibheann’s Pink Tie and the Irish Cancer Society, and the Hoops manager has thanked the public for their support.

“We really can’t thank people enough, anyone who donated and supported, it means so much to us,” said Bradley.

“The amount of videos that my son is getting through of people shaving their heads, it gives him a lift for a minute. That’s worth it for me, when I see that smile on his face. I genuinely can’t thank people enough.

“You don’t see what the charities do and how they help families until you’re in that situation, until you are actually in St John’s ward with your family and your kid. The amount of people you speak to around the country, that one has to give up their job, or they have financial issues with mortgages, or they’re trekking three or four hours to get to the hospital.

"It’s heartbreaking when you’re listening to these stories, and their number one priority is their sick kid. For these charities to be able to help them like they do, and we’ve seen first hand what they do, it’s incredible.

“A massive thank you from the bottom of my heart," Bradley added, after he and some of the Shamrock Rovers squad shaved their heads. "To be able to say to those charities what could be €25,000 each is incredible, because I know the families and kids that it will help.”

You can donate to the fundraiser here.

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