Bruno Fernandes auctioning off Man Utd shirt and boots from derby win to raise £720k for kids with rare form of cancer

BRUNO FERNANDES has marked Manchester United's derby win by setting out to raise £720,000 for two seriously-ill children.

The Portugal midfielder scored the opener as the Red Devils wrecked Man City's record 21-game winning run.

Fernandes, 26, is now raffling off his shirt and boots from Sunday's 2-0 win to benefit siblings Leonor, five, and eight-year-old Jaime.

The Portuguese youngsters suffer from a rare form of cancer, and their treatment at a US hospital will cost over a million dollars.

That has prompted big-hearted Fernandes to launch a campaign via the website.

He wrote: “I've recently been made aware of Leonor and Jaime's situation. Five-year-old Leonor and Jaime, who is eight, are siblings and were both diagnosed with a very rare cancer – neuroblastoma.

“Leonor's cancer was detected in her first year of life. Since then she has had all kinds of treatments and surgeries.

“Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, bone marrow autotransplantation, immunotherapy, ovary cyst and kidney removal … all these over the last four years.

“Jaime, her brother, was diagnosed with the same disease around Christmas last year.

“Being a father myself, this kind of story really moves you. I can't even imagine the pain and agony their parents must be living right now.”

Fernandes continued: “The good news is the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (USA) has been working on an innovative treatment with very positive outcomes.

“However, being a very rare disease with high research costs, this treatment is very expensive: $1million for the two kids.

“To help them I've decided to give the boots and shirt I wore in today's [Sunday] match against Manchester City.”

Fernandes has raised over £15,000 in less than 24 hours since the derby joy with tickets selling for £5 apiece.

The playmaker's second-minute penalty set United on their way to victory against Pep Guardiola's champions-elect.

That continued his incredible form since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.

And his spot-kick took his tally to 23 goals in 41 games so far this season.

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