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Northern Ireland Hospice to benefit from Brendan Rodgers book

28 October 2017

CELTIC Football Club is delighted to give supporters their first glimpse of a fantastic new book to be released, charting Brendan Rodgers’ life and career in football and his journey to the position of Celtic Manager.

This fantastic official autobiography, entitled ‘Brendan Rodgers: The Road to Paradise’ will be released on October 28, 2017.

From a small village on the north-east coast of Ireland to the treble-winning manager of Celtic, Brendan Rodgers’ football journey has been a remarkable one of dedication, hard work, a desire to always keep improving and a determination to succeed at the highest level of the sport…and throughout his life there has always been a love of his team, Celtic Football Club.

Now, for the first time, he tells this inspiring story in his official autobiography, The Road To Paradise.

While the opportunity to pull on the green and white Hoops as a player did not arise, he is now manager of his club, the leader who drives his players to deliver success to his fellow supporters

In a momentous first season in charge at Celtic Park, Brendan Rodgers delivered the treble to Paradise – only the third Celtic manager to do so – while also going through the whole season unbeaten domestically – a monumental and historic achievement – as well as reaching the group stages of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in three years.

In his own words, Brendan Rodgers tells his story – from a promising young footballer growing up in Carnlough and dreaming of playing for Celtic one day through to his professional career – as a player, a coach and now as one of football’s top managers.

His first season as Celtic manager was a momentous one, and supporters will enjoy an insight into that campaign – from the first competitive game in Gibraltar through to the thrilling Scottish Cup final, with plenty of highlights in between, including the manager’s first trophy triumph, the Invincibles’ campaign and some unforgettable Glasgow derbies.

The Road To Paradise tells the story of Brendan Rodgers’ inspiring journey, from the park of Carnlough to the peak of Celtic Park.

In recent years, Celtic has launched a range of fantastic new books and as before, the club and Brendan were on this occasion very keen that charity played an important part in this latest project.     

At Brendan Rodgers’ request, Celtic Football Club has made a donation to each of Northern Ireland Hospice and Children’s Hospices Across Scotland in relation to the publication of this book and a further donation will be made by the club to each charity for every copy of the book sold.

Northern Ireland Hospice offers specialist respite, symptom management and end of life care ‘palliative’ care to babies, children and adults throughout Northern Ireland. Established in the early 1980s the charity now cares for around 3,500 people annually, supporting them to live the best quality of life for as long as possible, in comfort and with dignity.

Each year, Hospice relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses, clubs, organisations and grants to raise the vital funds needed to deliver specialist care to local people. A team of 450 staff work at Hospice to turn the funds raised into care and this work is supported by an army of 1,500 amazing volunteers.

In 2015, Brendan Rodgers joined TEAM HOSPICE, accepting the role of Ambassador for Northern Ireland Hospice. This was a momentous occasion for Hospice and the beginning of a new chapter of high level support for the future of Hospice care in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Hospice Chief Executive, Heather Weir said: “As every football fan will know, every team, no matter how strong, needs new players from time to time, to strengthen the squad and bring fresh enthusiasm.

“Having Brendan join TEAM NI HOPSICE was a huge honour and a massive moral boost for our staff, our volunteers and our patients. We are honoured to have such a highly respected achiever supporting NI Hospice. 

“The gesture from Celtic and Brendan to donate proceeds of this autobiography to Northern Ireland Hospice is a measure of their character and dedication to raising awareness of hospice care services that Northern Ireland people can avail of when they need us most.”

Every week in Scotland, three families lose a child to an incurable condition.

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, better known as CHAS, is Scotland’s national children’s hospice service. The organisation is dedicated to supporting every single one of these families.

They make sure that no matter how short the time they have together may be, it is filled with happiness and fun. CHAS makes sure that even in the face of death, life flourishes. And in the pain of grief, joy lives on

Dr Pat Carragher, Medical Director at Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS), said: “Brendan is a wonderful supporter of CHAS and I would like to thank him for his continued support. I know from his recent visit to Robin House how much his help means to the children and families we care for – he is a very popular visitor!

“His generosity will make a real difference to families across Scotland. CHAS is Scotland’s national children’s hospice service and we want to reach every family who needs our help. Brendan’s support will help us to raise the vital funds we need to achieve this.

“I know everyone at CHAS would like to thank him and I look forward to reading his autobiography.”

Celtic FC Foundation, the charitable arm of the club, will also benefit from a donation.

Brendan Rodgers: The Road to Paradise, will be on general release on October 28, 2017 and can be purchased at www.celticfc.net and all Celtic stores. 

It is also possible to pre-order the book now at www.celticsuperstore.co.uk