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Golfer makes £1 million donation

Golfer makes £1 million donation

Golfer Rory McIlroy has made a £1 million donation to a children’s cancer charity in .

The donation to the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children (NICFC) will be paid over four years to support the running costs of Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, County Down, which provides free therapeutic breaks to families affected by cancer.

The money will be provided through the Rory Foundation which he set up in 2013 to support children’s charities around the world.

McIlroy said:

“I was overwhelmed by the honesty, the courage and the warmth of the children and teenagers there and immediately made the decision to enhance my support of the Cancer Fund for Children”.

NICFC Chief Executive Gillian Creevy said Rory made a personal commitment to their work over the last 18 months. She added:

“Despite his time being so valuable and demands on him so great, he has still managed to create opportunities to personally meet with children living with cancer – and every time he does, he leaves behind young people with their spirits and self-esteem well and truly lifted”.


Photo: Rory McIlroy by Edbalaun on


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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