Celtic FC Foundation Christmas Appeal beneficiary: Elpis Centre

AS we continue our 2019 Christmas Appeal, we turn our focus to another of the charity partners who will benefit through this year’s appeal, Elpis Centre.

Based in the Ruchill area of Glasgow, Elpis Centre provides accommodation for young women, aged between 16 to 25 years-old, who have found themselves facing homelessness or other disadvantage.

Elpis Centre’s main facility, which can host up to nine service users at any one time, is manned 24-hours a day, all year round, by professionally qualified and fully vetted staff. Elpis operates a further nine scatter flats located within the surrounding streets, providing young women with a safe environment, where they can develop the skills required, to progress towards a fully independent life.

Donations received through Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal in the past have allowed Elpis to provide its service users with a Christmas meal, gifts and festive outings, to ensure that Christmas is a special time of year for those living at the Centre.

Trips throughout the year, to attractions such as M&Ds and Blair Drummond Safari Park have also been possible thanks to our support.

Assistant Manager, Jackie Palmer, spoke of Elpis Centre’s gratitude and the importance of the support received. She said: “Elpis Centre is a small charitable organisation and it greatly appreciates any donations received. The support received in the past has really enhanced the experiences and memories of the young women who have stayed at the facility.

“Any donation received this year will allow Elpis to continue to help the young women throughout the year, but especially at Christmas time. This can be a very difficult time for some of the young women, but Elpis Centre aims to ensure that they feel included and involved over the festive period.

“Elpis Centre would like to thank Celtic FC Foundation for the continued support. It makes a huge difference to the lives of all of the young women here.”

Elpis Centre becomes the fifth beneficiary of this year’s Appeal to be confirmed, following on from Loaves and Fishes, The Invisibles, Glasgow East Women’s Aid and St Roch’s FC Foundation.

Our Appeal aims to honour the founding principles set out when the Club was formed back in 1887, by continuing to help those in our community, who are most in need. We want to help hundreds of local families facing poverty, by giving them the kind of Christmas we all take for granted.

We also want to support pensioners on our doorstep and help out local charities. We can make a massive difference to the lives of children, the homeless, refugees and those living in refuge or facing other challenges.

Christmas is a time to give and share. And the Glasgow Celtic will be there.

To get behind the Christmas Appeal 2019, you can:

  1. Donate by Text – text ‘CELTIC’ followed by ‘£1’, ‘£5’ or ‘£10’ to 70085*
  2. Donate Online 
  3. Donate via PayPal –
  4. Donate in Cash – there are collection boxes located in all Celtic Stores
  5. Donate by Cheque – payable to ‘Celtic FC Foundation’ and sent to Celtic FC Foundation, Celtic Park, Glasgow G40 3RE.
  6. Provide support through your Christmas shopping via Give as you Live and Amazon Smile –
  7. Contribute via our Christmas Appeal eBay auction which will take place between Thursday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 10.
  8. Make a donation to receive your ‘Celtic FC Foundation Letter from Santa’ –
  9. Support our Light Up the Clover initiative on Thursday, November 28 or our match-day bucket collection on Sunday, December 15 –
  10. Come along to Ghirls for Good on Friday, November 29 –
  11. Sign up for the Celtic Sleep Out, London on Saturday, November 30. You can register HERE.
  12. Purchase the original song from this year’s Celtic Christmas advert, ‘Star Of Glasgow’s Green & White HEREProceeds will support our 2019 Appeal.

Thank you for your magnificent support.

*Texts will cost the donation amount, plus one standard rate message.