It seems James McClean’s decision to not wear the custom made poppy jersey in Sunderland’s Premier League 2-1 loss to Everton will pay off in an unlikely way.
McClean has teamed up with his former Derry City team mate Ger O’Brien, who is now at St. Patrick’s Athletic, in an attempt to raise money for the cancer ward of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin.
O’Brien is planning to auction off McClean’s match worn jersey to raise some of the funds needed to improve the ward for patients and families. McClean made sure to sign the controversial shirt before he handed it over the O’Brien.
At the time when the story was first published by Irishnewsreviews.net the highest bid stood at €400. The auction will run until the 19th of November and anyone can enter by tweeting a bid to Ger at @gerramia.
Currently the ward has no private rooms for the most critically or terminally ill children, no private bathroom facilities for patients or their families, no proper facilities for teenagers or adolescents and no family or friend accommodation.
An investment of €4m is urgently required by the hospital who plan to build 19 single rooms with en suite facilities, an adolescent den, an upgraded playroom, comfortable parents’ facilities and other vital improvements.
O’Brien has also asked that people who cannot afford to bid on the jersey, donate whatever they can to help the hospital meet its goal.
Once-off and monthly donations can be made on the Our Lady’s Hospital website.