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​Stoke star Allen and McClean make donation to children's hospital

Stoke City stars Joe Allen and James McClean have made a donation to a children's hospice.

The two football stars wanted to ensure that a local hospital had the funding that it needed during the COVID-19 outbreak.

McClean was recently involved in some controversy when he was shown giving his kids a "history lesson" as he was wearing a balaclava.

Now The Sun reports that McClean wants to set things right, and his donation is the first step in that direction.

Justine Trumper, of Stoke's Donna Louise Trust, told The Sun: "The Donna Louise Children's Hospice is one of the poorest funded in the country.

"We receive less than 9 per cent of our funding from the government, the other 91 per cent we need to raise through fundraising and donations.

"But as a result of coronavirus, we've seen our income fall off a cliff overnight.

"As a charity that was already struggling financially, we have don't have large reserves to see us through, and the future of our charity was very much at risk.

"Two of the very first to come to our aid, were Stoke City players James McClean and Joe Allen, who both made generous personal donations to The Donna Louise.

"The club has a long history of supporting our charity and we are beyond grateful for their support."

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