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Irish rugby legends lift trophy and spirits at Children’s Cancer Unit

27 Feb 2017

Former Irish rugby internationals Stephen Ferris, Alan Quinlan and Luke Fitzgerald visited the Children’s Cancer Unit at Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, as part of this week’s Ulster Bank-hosted RBS 6 Nations Trophy Tour. 

The rugby legends brought the RBS 6 Nations Trophy and Triple Crown to the Children’s Cancer Unit where patients and their families had the chance to meet the players, discuss Ireland’s chances against France this weekend and be photographed with the highly-coveted silverware.

Jacqueline Wilkinson from the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity welcomed the players to the Unit. She said: “The Children’s Cancer Unit is the only place in Northern Ireland where children can receive specialist cancer treatment so we are delighted to have such exciting visitors to see some of the young patients.  

“It was a nice surprise to many of them who are big rugby fans and who weren’t expecting to see some of their heroes at the hospital today.  Alan, Steven and Luke were great with the kids and were so generous with their time. We can’t thank them enough for visiting the Unit and brightening everyone’s day.”

The players wished the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity well for their upcoming 6 Nations event during Ireland V England clash on March 18. 

Former Ulster ace, Stephen Ferris said they were delighted to visit the kids and the staff in the hospital:

“The kids here are going through a lot and so are their families. If we can help bring a smile to a few faces then we are delighted to be able to that. If the Irish team show the same courage and fight as these kids then I think the team will be ok for the France game.” 

For more information on the Children’s Cancer Unit Charity Six Nations event on March 18, visit click here.