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More than £20k raised for childhood cancer research in honour of Oscar Knox

Stephen Knox pictured with actor Charlie Lawson, who took part in the golf event

MORE than £20,000 was raised for childhood cancer research at the launch of a new charity in honour of Oscar Knox.

Carl Frampton was among the celebrities who chipped in to raise funds at a golf day held in memory of the five-year-old boy who lost his battle with neuroblastoma in 2014.

The star-studded event at Fortwilliam Golf Club in north Belfast saw more than 180 golfers, including Belfast Giants head coach Adam Keefe and actor Charlie Lawson, take to the fairways raising a massive £20,236.

The money will go towards Oscar Knox Fund at Solving Kids' Cancer charity, set up by his parents Leona and Stephen Knox, to fund research into childhood cancer.

The golf tournament, held last Friday, saw snooker player Mark Allen and friends David McKee, John O’Reilly and Declan Lavery win the Oscar Knox Cup.

Mr Allen, a long-time supporter of Oscar and his family, said it was an honour to be part of such an important campaign.

"Oscar was a very special little boy and I am very proud to be involved in this wonderful event again this year," he said.

"For me, golf is secondary here. We are here to help raise a lot of money for childhood cancer research and I will be here to give my support every year for as long as this tournament continues."

Stephen Knox said research into the devastating illness is crucial.

"Not only is neuroblastoma a very difficult cancer to treat, but it comes with relatively few treatment options most of which are highly toxic," he said.

"The only way to provide kinder, more effective treatments is to invest in research and we hope that people will support us to do that."

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