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Brave Blan­tyre duo get chance to meet hero Conor in Glas­gow

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Ste­fanie Mc­court

A pair of Blan­tyre boys rev­elled in the chance to meet the ‘No­to­ri­ous’ Conor Mcgre­gor.

The UFC lightweight cham­pion hosted ‘An Even­ing With...’ event at Glas­gow’s Ar­madillo and wel­comed a group of young­sters from La­nark­shire char­ity Les Hoey MBE Dream­maker Foun­da­tion back­stage.

The group or­gan­ises celebrity meet and greets and days out for chil­dren fac­ing life-lim­it­ing con­di­tions — and char­ity champ Les in­vited Dar­ren Valen­tine and Dy­lan Hawkins along.

Cancer pa­tient Dar­ren (16) is be­ing treated at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Univer­sity Hospi­tal in Glas­gow, while Dy­lan (15) is in re­mis­sion from leukaemia.

The lads en­joyed great seats to catch the show and got to meet the Ir­ish UFC su­per­star in per­son after­wards.

Les said: “It’s a plea­sure to take the kids to meet su­per­stars like Conor. It gives them some­thing to look for­ward to dur­ing hard times.

“To see their faces when they met him makes ev­ery­thing the foun­da­tion does worth­while.”

Mean­while, Les was over-the-moon af­ter a star-stud­ded char­ity ball raised more than £31,000 for the foun­da­tion.

It came af­ter months of plan­ning for Les, along with his char­ity co­or­di­na­tor, An­gela Jamieson Cook, as­sis­tant Laura Cochrane and count­less other vol­un­teers.

At the Crowne Plaza Ho­tel in Glas­gow, fam­ily and friends of the char­ity were joined by stars such as hosts Still Game’s Jane Mc­carry and Mark Cox — oth­er­wise known as Isa and Tam.

Young­sters also had the chance to meet singer Scott Pe­den, X Fac­tor’s Sam Cal­laghan, for­mer foot­baller Jose Quitongo and his son Jai as well as Scot­tish ac­tor Gary Hol­ly­wood.

Les said: “What a night. Ev­ery­one seemed to be hav­ing a ball. The work the team put in re­ally paid off. I can’t thank ev­ery­one enough for their gen­eros­ity and sup­port.

“The kids and their fam­i­lies de­serve to make mem­o­ries and thanks to these do­na­tions we can con­tinue to help make them smile.”

Amaz­ing Dar­ren Valen­tine (left) and Dy­lan Hawkins (sec­ond left) were among those lucky enough to meet Conor Mcgre­gor

Icon UFC su­per­star Conor Mcgre­gor

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