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CELT BITTON’S BIG-HEARTED GESTURE

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BIG-HEARTED Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton donated £1,000 to help six-year-old Jasmin Henderson make it to Disneyland in Florida.

The Israeli international star was contacted via Facebook by the little girl’s family as they sought a signed shirt of pair of boots in order to raise funds for Jasmin, who is suffering from a brain tumour.

Bitton sent a signed shirt, but also handed over cash to the Make A Wish Foundation – but revealed he had not wanted the story to become public.

He said: “To be honest, it isn’t something I wanted to come out.

“Sometimes it is just good to put a smile on people’s faces. I really didn’t want it to be in the papers or for my name to be mentioned, because it I did it from the bottom of my heart.

“If I need to do it again, I would do it again.

“The family contacted me on Facebook. They sent me a link to their Facebook page.

“They didn’t ask for money or anything. They just wondered if I could help with a signed shirt or something.

“But I just felt at the moment that if I could put a smile on a kid’s face then it would mean everything to me.

“Obviously, when you have a kid you feel something. But even before I had a kid I tried to help as much as I could every time people asked of me.

“As I said before, if I needed to do it again, I would do it again. There are plenty of footballers I know who donate a lot of money from their own pocket. But it is not in the media or anything.

“People always talk about the amount of money footballers earn, but I think that if we can help someone then we do it

” As I said before, I didn’t want it to be in the papers or anything. If it is not in the papers then none of you would know.

“But as much as I can I will try and help some people.”

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