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McVeigh legacy grows with Liverpool funding

25 Jun 2019
Owen McVeigh Foundation, Liverpool

Foundation set up in memory of 11-year-old Reds fan refurbishes holiday lodge for families affected by cancer thanks to donation from club's charitable arm

A charity offering respite breaks for families affected by cancer has been given a helping hand thanks to the Liverpool FC Foundation.

The Owen McVeigh Foundation enriches the lives of local children suffering with cancer by providing them and their families with money-can't-buy experiences.

It was set up in memory of Liverpool fan Owen McVeigh, who was 11 years old when he passed away in December 2015 only three days after being diagnosed with leukaemia.

By the summer of last year, enough money had been raised to purchase a holiday lodge in the Lake District.

And that lodge has now been fully refurbished courtesy of the LFC Foundation, who contributed £36,000 from the Liverpool v Milan Glorie charity match in March this year.

Owen's dad, Mark, who would take his son to watch Liverpool home and away, said: "The funding given to us from the LFC Foundation has helped us modernise this whole facility for children to come and spend some real time with their families for many, many years to come.

"It's always been all about Owen and making sure that his legacy continued and lasted deep into the future."

The importance of providing families with a retreat, somewhere to spend precious time away, has been a driving force for both Mark and Joanne, Owen's mum.

Magical memories

"Owen was just a vibrant, colourful splash of life. He was magical," said Joanne. "We were both still in work. We didn't need to leave our jobs because Owen's illness was so short.

"Other families have to leave work and then they have no money to experience memories we were lucky to have with Owen.

"Once we decided to set up a charity for Owen, we knew the importance of being a family, of being together and just having some really good memories."

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