Peterborough United chairman MacAnthony makes £70,000 Sue Ryder donation in mother’s memory

11:46 26 March 2014

Darragh MacAnthony & Barry Fry

Darragh MacAnthony & Barry Fry

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The chairman of Peterborough United has donated £70,000 to charity.

Darragh MacAnthony, who lost his mother to cancer ten years ago, has pledged the funds to Sue Ryder.

The money will be used to pay for a multi-faith centre in the hospice being built in the grounds of Thorpe Hall.

He said: “I was introduced to Sue Ryder and the work they do day to day over seven years ago.

“I have always happily pledged my financial support to their organisation, both personally and through the football club’s endorsement.

“This recent pledge in my mother’s name actually marks 10 years since my mother lost her battle with cancer.

“It is something I felt was only right, and I ask anyone who can to donate to this wonderful organisation so they can grow and continue to do the incredible job they do.”

Sue Ryder is the only hospice providing free, specialist end of life care across Peterborough and large parts of the surrounding counties where about 75,000 people living with incurable illnesses.

Philip Ball, Palliative Care services manager at Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall, said: “On behalf of Sue Ryder, I would like to thank Darragh MacAnthony for the support and generosity he has shown. We are very grateful for his continued support.

“We believe everyone should receive the care they want towards the end of their lives.

“We know most people would like to die at home or in a hospice, pain-free and surrounded by their family and friends. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

“Through this incredible donation we will continue to provide care and support to people, and their families, nearing the end of their lives.”

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