Misplaced money quadrupled for Homes from Home Appeal

Kieran Hinds from Glengormley, has used £180 he found on the street to raise £758 for CLIC Sargent, in memory of four year old Aidan Duffy who died of cancer.

Misplaced money quadrupled for Homes from Home Appeal

In autumn 2012, whilst walking in Glengormley, Kieran spotted £180 cash on the street and handed it in to the local police station.

One month later the police contacted him and told Kieran that as the money hadn't been claimed, he should go to the police station and collect it.

Earlier in the year, Kieran had gone to a match at Cliftonville Football Club, the day that Aidan Duffy had been chosen as the match day mascot for the club's Europa League game. A few weeks after the match, four year old Aidan died of cancer.

Kieran said: "Little Aidan made a big impression on everyone at the club. It had been on my mind to do something to raise money for the charity that supported him and when the police called to tell me I could have the money that I'd found on the street, I thought it was the perfect opportunity."

Kieran took the £180 and had 180 badges made with Aidan's name on a Cliftonville shirt. He sold the badges at a Cliftonville Football Club match for a minimum donation of £3 per badge. People made generous donations and paid £5, £10 and even £20 for a badge!

In total, the badges raised £758 for children and young people with cancer and the amount was added to Aidan Duffy's Especially for You fund, which was set up by his mum Angela before he died.

Aidan Duffy's Especially for You fund

This CLIC Sargent fund allows friends and family to fundraise together towards a fund named after a child, friend or family member who has received treatment or support from CLIC Sargent.

Through organising fundraising events, securing partnerships with local businesses and the generous support of friends and family, the total amount raised in Aidan's memory now stands at an incredible £48,815.

All of the money raised through Aidan’s fund will go towards the CLIC Sargent’s Northern Ireland Homes from Home Appeal which aims to raise £3.7 million to fund two Homes from Home at locations within walking distance of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and the Belfast City and Northern Ireland Cancer Centre, where young people with cancer are treated.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager, Christine McClune said: "What Kieran did with the money he found is just amazing! If most people found money on the street they would use it to treat themselves to a holiday or new clothes.

"It was incredibly selfless for Kieran to not only want to donate the money to CLIC Sargent but to generate more money as well.

“On behalf of the children and families we support, I'd like to say a huge thank you to Kieran and all at Cliftonville FC for their support."

Find out more

To find out how you can help raise funds for children and young people with cancer, please contact Christine McClune on 02890 725 780 or email: christine.mcclune@clicsargent.org.uk.

If you would like to get involved and help support CLIC Sargent's Northern Ireland Appeal, please contact the Northern Ireland Appeal team on 02890 725 780.