Northern Ireland football team donate Euro 2016 match fees to a cancer charity

Northern Ireland defender also donated his jersey as part of the project

BY Sinéad Farrell 12:50 Monday 14 November 2016, 12:50 14 Nov 2016

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Members of the Northern Ireland football team have donated over £40,000 earned from Euro 2016 match fees to charity.

The £46,000 in total that has been given to the Cancer Fund for Children charity will be invested in practical, emotional and financial support for those affected by cancer.

In addition to the financial contribution from the players, West Brom's Gareth McAuley is also donating the jersey he wore during Northern Ireland's win over Ukraine where he scored his country's first European Championship goal.

The squad, who are playing a friendly against Croatia tomorrow, visited the Daisy Lodge facility in Down to meet families who are battling cancer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, McAuley said:

"We wanted to give something back. We got a lot out of football and wanted to use Euro 2016 in a positive way."

Following their incredible campaign at the Euros, the team generated over £10,000 in ticket sales for their homecoming event. That money was also donated to the Cancer Fund for Children charity. 

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