A generous gift for a worthy cause
Celtic FC Foundation, the charitable arm of Celtic Football Club, has made a £10,000 donation to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (GCHC) as part of its annual Christmas campaign. The donation will help the hospital support over 500 families throughout Greater Glasgow & Clyde who are supported by their community health clinics this Christmas.
Many of these families will face significant financial, practical and emotional hardships during the festive season. The aim is to provide each patient with a high street gift voucher, enabling them to purchase a special gift this Christmas. The club will also be sending their own Christmas gifts to the children and their families.
A virtual visit from the Celtic stars
In addition to the donation, the Celtic first team, led by manager Brendan Rodgers and captain Callum McGregor, will also be staging a fantastic virtual visit with the kids at the hospital in the coming days. The players will chat with the young patients and their families, share some festive jokes and stories, and wish them a merry Christmas.
The virtual visit is a tradition that the club has been doing for several years, as a way of bringing some joy and comfort to the children who have to spend Christmas in the hospital. The players also get a chance to thank the staff at the hospital for their amazing work throughout the year.
A close relationship with the hospital charity
Celtic FC Foundation and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity have a close relationship that has been developed over many years of work together. The foundation supports the charity’s mission of raising funds to support the babies, children and young people treated at Scotland’s busiest children’s hospital, which treats nearly 200,000 children each year.
The foundation’s donation is part of its wider Christmas campaign, which aims to assist children in need, families, pensioners, the homeless and a range of charities and community groups, and to make a positive difference to hundreds of people who are very deserving of their support.
A grateful response from the charity and the club
Kirsten Watson, Chief Executive at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, expressed her gratitude to Celtic for their very generous donation and their virtual visit, which will brighten up the days of young patients and their families in hospital this festive season. She said that the gift will make a huge difference to children and families who will spend Christmas in hospital, and that she is incredibly grateful to Celtic FC Foundation for their continued support.
Celtic Acting Chief Executive, Michael Nicholson, said that they are proud to have such a close relationship with Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, and that they are really pleased to support such a great institution once again. He said that they know this can be such a difficult time of year for many people using the hospital, and that they send all their sincere best wishes to all the children, their families and all hospital staff this Christmas.
Celtic captain Callum McGregor said that they are delighted to present this donation to the hospital and help with the fantastic work that they do. He said that they know Christmas time can be really tough for the children and their families at the hospital, and that they really look forward to seeing the kids on their virtual visit ahead of Christmas. He also praised the staff at the hospital for making such a positive difference to the children and for their fantastic work throughout the year.