Celtic FC Foundation backing Glasgow City Mission this Christmas

LAST Thursday, Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal got off to a flying start following a generous £10,000 donation from the club.

Now, as the Christmas Appeal begins to take shape, attention turns to our 2016 partner charities as we steadily reveal the worthy causes benefiting from your generosity this festive season.  

Our spotlight series begins with poverty and homelessness charity, Glasgow City Mission.

Founded in 1826, Glasgow City Mission provide a safe space, offering a variety of respite services for those afflicted by homelessness and poverty.

This includes one-to-one counselling support and a foodbank service, as well as a range of positive community initiatives helping people change their lives for the better.

Speaking on Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal, Glasgow City Mission’s Graham Steven, said: “Glasgow City Mission are delighted to have the continued support of Celtic fans and Celtic FC Foundation in tackling homelessness and poverty here in Glasgow.

“Our city continues to see large numbers of people who are hungry and struggling. The money raised by the dedication of all connected to the club will allow us to provide food and support to vulnerable people in our city and tackle many of the root causes.

“Above all, it will demonstrate our compassion and for this we are most thankful.”

Through this year’s Christmas Appeal, Celtic FC Foundation are aiming to help around 250 local families facing poverty and hardship, providing a meal on the table and gifts for the kids.

We want to bring the magic of Christmas to those homes, something they would not otherwise experience, however, we cannot do this without your support.

So together, let’s raise more than the roof this Christmas.

To get behind the Christmas Appeal 2016, you can:

  1. Donate by Text – text ‘CELT07’ followed by ‘£1’, ‘£5’ or ‘£10’ to 70070
  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. Give as you Live via your Christmas Shopping –

As part of the Appeal, Celtic FC Foundation are hosting four key fundraising initiatives:

Founding Fathers’ Fast – Sunday, November 6, 2016

On the anniversary of the club’s formation, we are asking supporters to fast for the day in honour of our charitable heritage and donate what you would have spent on food – suggested £5 – to our Christmas Appeal. Please give up food for just one day so that someone facing hardship can have a meal on the table this Christmas.

Celtic Sleep Out – Saturday, November 12, 2016

Participants will spend the night battling the elements – from 10.00pm to 6.00am – under the stars in Paradise. Availability is now limited. The entry fee is £30 and participants are asked to then raise a minimum of £125 in sponsorship. Further details, including sign up, are available here –

Ghirls for Good – Saturday, December 3, 2016

Sponsored by Mappin & Webb and hosted by Edward Reid, this ladies event will take place in the Kerrydale Suite at Celtic Park. The evening of fabulous festive fun and frolics will include a cocktail on arrival, delicious three-course meal, Fly High NY draw, festive DJ, magician, prize draw and Christmas gift stalls. The cost for a table of 10 is £450 or places can be purchased on an individual basis at £45pp – further details are available here

Matchday Bucket Collection – Saturday, December 17, 2016

We will have volunteers placed at all turnstile and entry areas prior to Celtic’s SPFL encounter with Dundee. To register as a volunteer, email [email protected] or call 0141 551 4321.