Keane gives jerseys to help Holly fund

HE may be unpopular in most households for his unpatriotic view of Ireland’s playoff nightmare, but in one home at least, Roy Keane is still a hero.

As part of a fundraising drive for 23-month-old Holly O’Keeffe, the former Manchester United captain has agreed to raffle off two of his final signed club and country jerseys to help provide the cancer patient’s family with vital funds for her care.

The donation – to be auctioned tonight from 8pm at the Three Horseshoes Bar, Dillon’s Cross – has been made as part of a campaign to raise funds for the toddler, who suffers from a rare and life-threatening form of cancer known as neuro-blastoma.

The condition attacks the nervous system and has led to tumours the size of small grapefruits growing behind her eye socket, cheekbone and kidney.

In September, the primary tumour behind her kidney was successfully removed at Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

However, despite repeated doses of chemotherapy, there has been no progress on Holly’s secondary and tertiary tumours.

“We’re very thankful Roy’s got involved because if Holly and her parents have to go abroad for specialist care they’ll need some way to fund it,” a spokesperson explained.

“We’re auctioning off a few other things tonight – a TV set, overnight stays, mountain bikes and gym vouchers to raise any money we can for them.”

If Holly has to travel to the US for further care, the long-term cost could be in excess of €500,000.

lIf you would like to make a donation, contact Noel O’Keeffe on 086 3687171 or email Direct lodgments can be made at Ulster Bank, Patrick Street, Cork city, sort code 98 54 80, account number 10618792.

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