Wayne Rooney tells Darron Gibson he wants to help raise funds for Mark Farren

Fundraising for Derry City legend Mark Farren’s cancer treatment has now topped £27,000.

England and Manchester United star, Wayne Rooney has asked to become involved in helping raise funds for former Derry City striker, Mark Farren, who is battling a brain tumour for the third time.

Mark, 33 - the Candystripes all time top scorer - underwent a third operation on his brain at the beginning of April but now needs further specialist treatment available in clinics in Germany or Mexico.

Among those to make donations to the fundraising campaign are Everton star Seamus Coleman and former Derry team mate James McClean.

Mark Farren’s wife, Terri-Louise told the Journal nothing could prepare for the response the family’s appeal received when it was publicised last Friday.

“Honestly, our phones have not stopped and we have people from all over the world looking to help out. Mark’s former Derry City team-mate, Clive Delaney is in Australia and he is doing something. Darron Gibson contacted us to say Wayne Rooney is looking to do something and Ciaran Martyn, Ruaidhri Higgins, Kevin McHugh and my brother Shaun Holmes are organising a big fundraising night next month in the Everglades. Mark and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support, kindness and generosity. Hopefully this story will have a happy ending,” smiled Terri Louise.

If you would like to donate visit the Mark Farren Treatment Fund page.

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Former Derry City star Mark Farren pictured with his wife Terri Louise

Former Derry City star Mark Farren pictured with his wife Terri Louise