Stephen Ireland and family on the ball for Hospice
- Sun 07 Mar 2010, 10:48AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey
Stephen Ireland’s sale of one of his super fast cars, his love for animals and his battle against a hamstring injury that kept him out of the epic 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge are all stories that have found themselves vying for space in the papers in recent days.
What has not been so well publicised is the 23-year-old midfielder’s devotion to charity and in particular St Francis House in Didsbury, Manchester.
Stevie and partner Jessica are regular visitors to the Hospice which looks after sick children.
Recently the generous couple hosted a Valentine’s Ball in aid of St Francis House and have announced that it raised in excess of £100,000.
Ireland’s association with the charity began in 2007 after he visited the Hospice for the first time. He decided to set up a charity website stephenireland.com and a registered charity Stephen Ireland Foundation to raise funds for this worthy cause.
Stephen and his family now visit Francis House on regular occasions and they are welcomed and well respected by all the staff and the children and their families.
The Stephen Ireland Foundation continually raises money for Francis House Children’ Hospice through selling football memorabilia, Sportsman’s dinners, a 1000-hole golf marathon in Spain, and the recent Valentine’s Ball.