Celtic FC Foundation, in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Cathedral House, is today delighted to announce support measures during the current coronavirus crisis for frontline NHSGGC staff, as part of our Football For Good Fund.
Starting this coming Monday, 100 hot prepared meals will be delivered to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary to feed NHSGGC staff across all roles and wards every day.
An initial £10,000 from the Football for Good Fund has been invested into the feeding project, which will take place every weekday, from 6-8pm.
The feeding project is a collaboration between Celtic FC Foundation, Cathedral House and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, who will arrange distribution internally, and who will undertake all catering duties.
As the country enters a crucial stage in trying to manage COVID-19, it’s vital that we try to help the NHS in any way possible. The Football for Good Fund currently sits at £200,000, and our priority remains putting food on the table, as well as helping those most in need.
Speaking about the launch of the feeding project, Tony Hamilton, Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, said: “The NHS are keeping the country together at the moment and we’re honoured to be able to help some of the frontline staff at Glasgow Royal Infirmary through this initiative.
“We’re fortunate enough to have teamed up with Cathedral House hotel right next door to the hospital and hopefully this will ease the burden for some of the many NHSGGC staff who are working through severe pressure at the moment.
“Our thanks go to everyone who has made this possible, including those people and organisations who have made donations, and many of the Foundation’s and the Club’s suppliers who have contributed with food and other supplies. I hope that we can continue this programme for as long as it’s needed.”
Chief Nurse John Stuart from the Glasgow Royal Infirmary said: “These are tremendously challenging times and our staff in all our hospitals are facing the biggest challenge of their careers. We have been blown away with the support and generosity from the public and businesses alike.
“Being in the East End, the Glasgow Royal staff are delighted to accept this amazing offer of free meals from Celtic FC Foundation and Cathedral House. Their well-earned rest breaks will be all the more enjoyable thanks to the hot food on offer. Many, many thanks for this very kind gesture – we appreciate it.”
Shane and Laura McKenzie, from Cathedral House added: “Cathedral House, in collaboration with Celtic FC Foundation and our hospitality friends Head Chefs, John Quigley (Red Onion) & Claire Bell, are delighted to be involved in this project.
“We have had the support of our neighbours at GRI since we opened in October 2018 and with all that is going on, in the world right now, we are delighted to reciprocate in this small way to support the amazing job NHSGGC are doing right now.”
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