Special fundraising game for Mark Farren to be held in Dergview

Mark Farren
Mark Farren

An Irish League Select side will take on Dergview in a special fundraising game in aid of Mark Farren this Friday night.

Former Derry City and Glenavon striker Farren has been battling cancer for six years and recently underwent surgery on a brain tumour.

The 33-year-old is hoping to travel to Germany for potentially life-saving treatment.

Thousands of pounds have already been raised for Mark’s appeal, and on Friday Dergview will take on an Irish League Select side at Darragh Park.

The game is the brainchild of Crusaders midfielder Richard Clarke who has drafted in his namesake – Dergview boss Richard Clarke – and Ballinamallard United manager, Whitey Anderson.

“I was thinking of just donating to the fund, but then I thought about rather than doing that, and with the talent we have around here and the way people around here support things like this, putting a match like this one would be better than one or two donations,” Clarke explained.

“What has happened to Mark really puts things into perspective, it makes you realise how lucky you are, so I want to ask the football community throughout all the surrounding areas to support this great cause that will get Mark the required treatment he needs and also help with his aftercare.

“All proceeds from the game will go to the Mark Farren Fund so I ask you to dig deep with your donations at the gate.

“Every little bit will go a long way.”

Friday night’s game at Darragh Park, Castlederg, is scheduled to kick-off at 7.30pm.