Worthy cause No.8 for Celtic FC Foundation: Spirit Aid of Christmas

WITH a magnificent seven beneficiaries already announced to date, Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal spotlight series now looks at our next partner, a charity working hard to keep the magic alive for children this festive season, Spirit Aid.

Spirit Aid is a humanitarian relief organisation dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children and young people whose lives have been devastated by war, poverty, lack of opportunity or humanitarian crisis. 

Each Christmas, they work hard to support the poor and vulnerable on our doorstep. Their Christmas Hamper Appeal delivers food sacks to families living in poverty, under local authority protection, or to people sleeping rough on Glasgow’s streets.

Spirit Aid’s Christmas hampers provide enough food to feed a family of four for three days and, with the help of Celtic FC Foundation, the public and various other organisations based in Glasgow, they will distribute more than 300 food hampers this Christmas.

As well as this initiative – and thanks to our support – Spirit Aid will distribute in excess of 4,000 toys. The toys go to children, who truly suffer during Christmas, whether they are housed in protective units, live at home with a disabled parent, or in extreme poverty. The appeal ensures these kids feel the joy and magic of Christmas, as every child should.

In addition, our support will also help fund essential packs for the homeless, including warm clothing and accessories.


Spirit Aid Director, Patrick Rolink, said: “The magnificent support received through Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal will allow Spirit Aid to offer so many people in need a better Christmas.

“Every single penny raised is spent in our communities and, without Celtic FC Foundation and the Celtic Family, many needy and vulnerable families would lose out.

“On behalf of everyone who will benefit from your support, thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Spirit Aid are just one of the groups we will be supporting through this year’s Christmas Appeal and those confirmed so far include Loaves and Fishes, Glasgow City Mission, the Scottish Refugee Council, the Wayside Centre, Glasgow East Women’s Aid, The Invisibles and Simon Community Scotland.

In addition, we want to help around 300+ local families facing poverty, to provide a meal on the table and gifts for the kids. We want to bring the magic of Christmas to those homes. We are also looking to help vulnerable local pensioners to ease the financial burden at a challenging time of year.

For the first time, we are proud to confirm a development of the Christmas Appeal in 2016 as we look to support charities in London, Newcastle, Dublin, Belfast, Oban, Greenock, Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Fife and Ayrshire.

The generosity and compassion of the Celtic Family is unsurpassed, and Celtic FC Foundation is requesting your support once again for an initiative which proudly follows in the footsteps of Brother Walfrid, providing comfort to those who need it most.

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

You can get behind the Appeal in the following ways:

  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. Support our matchday bucket collection on Saturday, December 17 – there will be volunteer collectors at all turnstile areas.
  7. Give as you Live via your Christmas Shopping –

Thank you for your wonderful support.