Celtic FC Foundation’s Initial £150,000 “available for those who need it most”

Celtic FC Foundation today announced an initial £150,000 fund to support the most vulnerable in our community who are suffering as a consequence of the coronavirus crisis. The money will be made available through the Football for Good Fund.

Specifically this money with has been made available from Celtic FC to the Foundation and is targeted at providing assistance to vulnerable families, pensioners, individuals who have been affected financially by the crisis, the homeless and frontline NHS staff who are going above and beyond to protect each and every one of us.

Starting from this coming midweek, the following will be done as a result of this funding:

* Feed around 250 people, including NHS frontline staff, at Celtic Park over three sittings, every week day (within the parameters of Government guidance around social distancing)

* Grow delivery to reach the most vulnerable and isolated through the local Foodbank network

* Provide funding to a host of our charity partners to urgently provide food to the most vulnerable in our community

More details will be provided early next week via the official Celtic website.

The Celtic Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell, gave his views on the club’s £150k funding initiative.

“Our Club was born to bring comfort to the most vulnerable on our doorstep and we strive to maintain that charitable principle today, through the work of Celtic FC Foundation.

“The current climate we face is both alien and daunting and, as a family, we must do everything in our power to provide assistance and comfort to those who need it most.

“The Celtic support have continually epitomised the essence of our Club in their charitable actions and I hope that this Fund will provide a focus for a concerted team effort to provide a lifeline to so many.”

And Tony Hamilton, Celtic FC Foundation’s Chief Executive spoke about his organisation’s latest initiative.

“These are exceptional and surreal times for all of us. What was normal even a week ago has gone, and many families and individuals are now rightly worried about their families, their health and their jobs.

“This is primarily about helping people with the money we have, it’s not about fundraising, although we would clearly like to do more as we could be in this for the long haul. We know that a lot of people who normally help Celtic FC Foundation will not be able to help this time.

“The priority areas are organisations who care for vulnerable pensioners, the homeless community and those who run Foodbanks. And we will play our part in helping frontline NHS staff who work tirelessly for all of us. There will also be many new Foodbank users in the coming months and while many people are stockpiling food, even less is going to the Foodbanks.

“We are very grateful for anything you can do to help us further protect our vulnerable neighbours through this crisis. Thank you from everyone at the Club and the Foundation.”

To register for further details on the Football for Good Fund or any other Celtic FC Foundation activities, please email cfcfoundation@celticfc.co.uk and we will respond to you as soon as we possibly can.

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