Rory McIlroy has donated £1m from his charitable foundation to open a new support centre for children with cancer.
The world No 1 and Ryder Cup winner returned to his native Northern Ireland to open Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, County Down, a therapeutic short-break centre.
The 25-year-old four-time major winner promised that this was only the beginning of his work and that he would like to see it happen elsewhere.
“I definitely think it is a project I would like to see replicated and I think can be replicated,” he said.
“I don’t think there is any reason why we should stop here.”
Daisy Lodge, the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, will provide every family in Northern Ireland affected by childhood cancer a therapeutic short break – it will also welcome children from the Republic of Ireland.
The care will extend to families nursing a child with cancer, families where a parent has been diagnosed and the bereaved.
— Love Belfast ❤️ (@love_belfast) October 8, 2014