Tuesday 20 February 2018

Ireland star James McClean hailed after donating a 'considerable amount of money' to help two sick children

West Brom's James McClean joined the club from Wigan in 2015
West Brom's James McClean joined the club from Wigan in 2015
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Irish football star James McClean has been hailed for his incredible support of the campaigns to help two sick children.

Earlier this week it emerged that he had donated a "considerable amount of money" to Brayden Moore, a three year old boy from Derry who requires a heart transplant.

Now, the West Bromwich Albion winger has come to the assistance of three year old Faith Browne from Castletownroche, Co Cork.

Faith was born premature at 30 weeks with an extensive brain injury. After birth she was diagnosed with a condition called Cystic PVL.

She was subsequently diagnosed with a rare hearing loss condition called auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder and wears cochlear implants. At fifteen months old she was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy. A friend of the Browne family recently approached McClean in a bid to get a signed jersey to auction.

Instead, the kind footballer donated €1,000 to a Go Fund me page set up in Faith's name. Her mother, Lisa Browne, contacted the Neil Prendeville show on Cork's Red FM to discuss the star's generous gift.

She is currently fundraising to bring Faith to the US to have an operation called selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) which could help the young girl to walk. The procedure has proved hugely successful with other Irish children with cerebral palsy. Ms Browne said she was very touched by the sizeable donation she received from James McClean.

"He lodged €1,000 and as a family we would like to say thank you so much to James," she said.

"It is fantastic. James is such an icon. Faith cannot walk. She cannot sit. She cannot stand. She is not mobile at all. This operation has been very successful in helping other children walk. We are fundraising ourselves because you have to pay everything in America. It is €100,000." Lisa has raised €50,000 in seven months for the operation in the States. "That has been down to the public and people who supported her. But we still have €50,000 to raise which is a lot of money still."

Anyone who would like to donate to the appeal can do so at https://www.gofundme.com/289n7xbs

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