Celtic FC Foundation continues its spotlight series on the Football for Good Fund beneficiaries by taking a closer look at some of our charity partners outwith Glasgow and the West.
Since the Football for Good Fund was launched in March, over £450,000 has been ringfenced to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities through the COVID-19 crisis.
And although the primary focus has been on helping those on our doorstep, in Glasgow and the surrounding areas, support has also extended to areas including the Isle of Skye, Oban, Dublin, Belfast, London, Newcastle and in New York, among other places.
Listed below are just some of the charitable organisations outwith Glasgow and the West who have received backing from the Football for Good Fund this far:
Footprints Women’s Centre, Belfast – £2.5K
Footprints are a social enterprise based in Belfast, which offers services for women and children, including childcare, health awareness, advocacy and a drop-in service. They are currently delivering food parcels to families in the local area.
Whiterock Children’s Centre, Belfast – £2.5K
A non-profit community organisation based in West Belfast, providing childcare, family learning and family support which is currently delivering food parcels to families.
St. Vincent de Paul, Dublin – £5K
A direct service non-profit organisation whose work primarily involves person-to-person contact with people who have a variety of needs. This particular branch is providing food and essentials to those who are vulnerable in Dublin.
Skye Community Response, Isle of Skye – £2k
This vital Response Team has been providing food deliveries and essential services to vulnerable households on the island. This past weekend, they supported a virtual sponsored run in partnership with Skye Camanachd. The run covered the distance of John O’Groats to Land’s End and raised more than £15k.
Hope Kitchen, Oban – £2.5K
Hope Kitchen is a charity based in Oban, which provides food, shelter and companionship to vulnerable and marginalised people. They are currently delivering food supplies in Oban, Lorn and the Isles.
St. Vincent de Paul, Oban – £2.5K
A direct service non-profit organisation whose work primarily involves person-to-person contact with people who have a variety of needs. This particular branch provides support to those in need in Oban through the use of supermarket vouchers.
Newcastle West End Foodbank, Newcastle – £5K
Newcastle West End Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Inverclyde Foodbank, Inverclyde – £2.5K
This is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Branchton Community Centre, Inverclyde – £2.5K
Based in Greenock, the Centre provides support and activities to local people and is currently delivering meals and shopping to those who are vulnerable, in the community.
Speaking on the support given to those organisations further afield, Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, Tony Hamilton, said: “It’s always been very important to us that we recognise that those needing assistance are spread across many areas, and while we can’t help everyone, we have selected some partners who we believe will be of great benefit through this crisis in their local communities, and who can get to the right people quickly.
“Even with lockdown regulations changing, there’s still a long way to go until any kind of normality returns to society, and everyone at the Club and Celtic FC Foundation is committed to easing the burden as much as possible in the coming months for as many people as possible.”
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