Football shirts score £7,000 donation for children's hospice

DONATION: Cardiff City Supporters Trust donated a cheque for £7,330 to Ty Hafan (9503628)

BLUEBIRD: Oscar in his traditional Cardiff City kit

YOUNG FAN: Oscar in his Cardiff City kit

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CARDIFF City Supporters Trust has raised more than £7,000 for the Sully-based children’s hospice Ty Hafan by selling alternative blue football shirts.

Representatives from the Supporters Trust presented a cheque for £7,330 to Jennifer O'Brien, whose two-and-a-half-year-old son Oscar died at the children’s hospice in June this year, on Tuesday this week.

Bluebirds fan Oscar, who had his funeral at the Cardiff City Stadium, had been born with a condition called Menkes Disease that affected the copper levels in his body.

Jennifer, who was accepting the donation on behalf of Ty Hafan, said: “It’s nice that people can do something like this for Ty Hafan.

“Oscar started coming here from when he was about 15 months old.

“We were scared before we came here, but it was completely different to what we thought it would be like.

“They have supported us so much and when he was ill over Christmas they sorted everything out and made his bed just like it was at home.

“They made everything perfect for him.”

Jeremy Jackson, a director of Ty Hafan, said: “We are extremely grateful to Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, Kukri Sports and Wales Online for their generous support of Ty Hafan.

“Ty Hafan currently cares for 260 life limited children. The cost of the hospice and community care we provide is about £10,000 a day. For each shirt sold, Ty Hafan receives £5 and so the first 1,500 shirts sold has really helped us to provide care for almost one full day, the importance of which to our children and their families is inestimable.”

Tim Hartley, chair of the Cardiff City Supporters Trust, said: “It’s great that the Trust can support Ty Hafan and the very valuable work it does. We have raised almost ten thousand pounds already for life limited children through the sale of our blue City shirts. We are proud of our club’s heritage and of our continued support for Ty Hafan.”

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