Father and son in bid to raise money for children’s hospice

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Niall Smyth and his son Connor, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy are hoping to raise £10,000 for the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

Connor and his father will host a charity boxing event at the Millennium Forum on Saturday, March 19 and all money raised will be donated to the Newtownabbey based hospice.

“I go to the hospice every two or three weeks; it’s a great place and I am able to spend a weekend there with young people the same age as myself,” said Connor.

Connor has been in a wheelchair since he was six months old and his father said that the help and support his son receives from the children’s hospice is second to none.

“The children’s hospice is an amazing place. Connor loves going there. He receives one-to-one care and without the people who work there I don’t know where we would be.”

Connor, from Brookhill, will celebrate turning 18 next month. He is also studying for A-levels in Politics and Business Studies at St. Columb’s College. Connor said that the reason he wanted to organise the event was because he wanted to “give something back” to the hospice.

“The hospice get most of their money through fundraising and donations. I know all about the work they do and the difference the people there can make to a person’s life. I am really happy my daddy is helping me to organise this event because I have always wanted to something to give something back to the hospice. We hope to raise £10,000 on the night; if we did that I would be so happy because it would go towards helping other young people like myself.”

To find out more about the event contact Niall on 07891005497