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Fundraising event to be held in north Belfast in memory of 'community champion' Marc Amos

A fundraising event is to take place in north Belfast on Sunday in memory of a "community champion" Marc Amos, a 26-year-old father-of-one, who died in September following a battle with a rare lung condition. Mr Amos is pictured with his fiancee Cliodhna Cosgrove and the couple's daughter, Darcie
Marie Louise McConville

A FUNDRAISING event is to take place in north Belfast on Sunday in memory of a "community champion" who died following a battle with a rare lung condition.

Father-of-one Marc Amos (26) passed away in September at the Northern Ireland Hospice.

The Limestone Road man, who was engaged to be married, was well-known in the north Belfast community through his involvement with cross-community soccer team, Limestone United.

Having joined the team as a player, when he was a teenager, Mr Amos went on to help set up a junior side and worked with them as a mentor and coach.

Having been diagnosed with Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID) at the age of 13, he underwent treatment.

He later developed a rare lung condition and in the period before his death, the right-hand-side of his heart had become enlarged and fluid had began to gather.

On Sunday, a fundraising event will take place at Seaview football stadium on Shore Road.

During the sporting event, Limestone United will take on the `Marc Amos 11', which will be made up of some of the young man's family and friends as well as some well-known faces including comedian, Shane Todd and boxers Ryan Burnett and Ciaran McVarnock.

Mr Amos' family hope the event will raise awareness of CVID and the importance of getting an early diagnosis for young people.

All proceeds will be divided between the charity Immunodeficiency UK and Mr Amos' family.

Speaking to The Irish News, Brian Caskey, a co-founder of Limestone United, said the team had organised the event as it "thought it was important to recognise Marc's contribution to good relations in his community and also to support Marc's family through a very difficult time".

"He was a fantastic young man who made a positive impact on so many people's lives," he said.

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