A Night in support of JF

DERRY GAA PLAYER INJURED IN CRASH'John Francis Bradley of Ballinascreen GAA team in Co-Derry who was critically injured in a car crash close to Draperstown in Co-Derry on Sunday morning. He was transferred in critical condition to the Royal Hospital in Belfast. John played for the Derry minor team during their All Ireland campaign to Croke Park in 2007. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line

DERRY GAA PLAYER INJURED IN CRASH'John Francis Bradley of Ballinascreen GAA team in Co-Derry who was critically injured in a car crash close to Draperstown in Co-Derry on Sunday morning. He was transferred in critical condition to the Royal Hospital in Belfast. John played for the Derry minor team during their All Ireland campaign to Croke Park in 2007. Picture Margaret McLaughlin ? by-line

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A BIG crowd is expected in Ballinascreen on Saturday night to lend their support to John Francis (JF) Bradley and the Bradley family.

JF, a Ballinacreen and former Derry minor footballer, was seriously injured in a car crash last month outside Tobermore and he is currently receiving treatment in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for the injuries sustained.

The local community and GAA club have rallied around the Bradley family since the accident and a special fundraising night will be hosted by his team mates on the senior football team this weekend.

A special night lies in store for those who show their support to the Bradley family with entertainment in the Ballinascreen club beginning at 8pm.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s event Ballinascreen PRO James O’Kane said that he expects a bumper turn out for JF.

“JF was an quiet fella. He was very modest and well like within the club and the wider community.

“He was a gentleman and he comes from a popular and well respected family. I have no doubt that will be demonstrated with a big turn out on Saturday night for JF.”

“At the minute it is early days with JF and progress is slow. His family are spending a lot of time at his bedside and the local community is rallying behind them.

“Saturday should be good night. Chrissy McKaigue has donated his Ulster shirt from the Match for Michaela and as far as I’m aware there are jerseys coming from Celtic and Kerry going to auction.”

Among the acts confirmed to perform so far include Raymond ‘Bomber’ O’Hagan performing his Scór poem Raymies Rant, Oonagh Clarke and the Crawley family.

The entertainment will be followed by a disco. There will be more announced as the big night draws near so anyone interested can keep an eye on the Ballinascreen GAA Facebook page for more details.

Entry on the night is by donation and if you are unable to attend the event donations can be made at the Credit Union or given to any senior footballer. 

Anyone and everyone is welcome so please come and show your support for JF & his family

The Ballinascreen club also wanted to give a special word of thanks to Chrissy McKaigue who has donated his signed Match for Michaela jersey which will be auctioned off on the night.

Chrissy was a team mate of JFs on the 2007 Derry minor team and this gesture shows how much JF meant to those who knew him and the strength of the bond among the GAA community.