Foundation Christmas Appeal Beneficiary: Salvation Army Parkhead

WITH our Ghirls for Good event almost upon us, our spotlight series on this year’s Christmas Appeal beneficiaries continues today, with a look at the work of the Salvation Army Parkhead.

The Salvation Army is a worldwide organisation which has been fighting against social inequality and transforming lives for over 150 years. Their Parkhead branch provides practical support across Glasgow’s East End, offering assistance to some of the most impoverished and vulnerable individuals living within the area.

Previous Celtic FC Foundation Christmas Appeals have not only seen the Salvation Army Parkhead receive a financial donation but also a host of gifts to assist with their annual toy appeal.

Once again, tomorrow’s Ghirls for Good guests have been asked to bring along a gift for a local child, who is sick or disadvantaged, and the Salvation Army Parkhead is among the charities which will help distribute these, to ensure that it’s a special Christmas for some very deserving youngsters.

The Salvation Army’s Major Colin Bradshaw expressed his thanks for the support received, saying: “Christmas is an extremely challenging time of year for those living in poverty. This support received from Celtic FC Foundation genuinely enables us to save local lives and we’re so grateful for that partnership.

“We also greatly appreciate the toys received from the Ghirls for Good event. We run our annual toy appeal to ensure that every child in the East End of Glasgow living in poverty, has a Christmas Day. Last year 286 children received gifts from us, many of whom would have had nothing without those toys.

“Whether it has been a child, a pensioner or someone who had been struggling through lifestyle issues, we’ve been able to reach out to them because Celtic FC Foundation reached out and helped us, so thank you.”

The Salvation Army Parkhead joins Loaves and Fishes, The Invisibles, Glasgow East Women’s Aid, St Roch’s FC Foundation and Elpis Centre as the Appeal beneficiaries confirmed thus far.

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 most of us 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.

  1. Make a donation to receive your ‘Celtic FC Foundation Letter from Santa’ –

9.Support our Light Up the Clover initiative this evening, 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.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.