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Your Celtic FC Foundation, Christmas Appeal, raised an incredible £310k this year, a record figure that allowed the spirit of Celtic to touch more lives than ever before.

The largest slice of the funds, £129k, was shared between 645 families with children in Scotland and Ireland.

Five different homeless charities received £54.5k.

Eight children’s charities received £43k.

£20k went to women’s aid charities.

£15k went to three refugee charities.

£10k went to 100 vulnerable elderly people living near Celtic Park, in what remains an impoverished part of the city.

A Christmas meal, gifts and outings for families were provided to those in the Glasgow East Women’s Aid refuge.

The Scottish refugee Council, which supports over 650 families, said, “The support of Celtic FC Foundation has helped hundreds of vulnerable families at a time of real need.

“In a single day, our advisors will support people who have become homeless, help parents who have no winter clothes for their children, and assist vulnerable families who are struggling through a complex legal system. The need for our services is greater than ever, and this winter we will struggle to support so many families without help.”

Glasgow City Mission provide a hot meal to an average of 130 men and women each night, and offer a safe space in their day.  The ‘Mission said, “This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of organisations such as Celtic FC Foundation. We would like to express our sincere thanks to all of your supporters who have contributed to the Christmas Appeal.”

Loaves and Fishes provide hot meals at a café in Glasgow and foodbank services in Glasgow and East Kilbride.  “Through the provision of the meals that we offer at the Oasis Cafe, we try to make people feel welcome and respected. They’re given a two-course meal and an opportunity to sit at a table with each other and enjoy their dinner in a way that most of us take for granted.

“This is a truly vital lifeline to those who are out there with little or no access to food.”

Jim White, Secretary of The Wayside Club, which provides daily support advice and comfort to Glasgow’s homeless, said: “We owe a great deal of gratitude over the years to Celtic FC Foundation and especially their Christmas Appeal, which has helped so many individuals that come to our door each night, looking for clean clothes and a hot meal.”

The Invisibles provide sleeping bags, clothing and footwear to those living rough.  They encounter people wet, freezing and in need of a change of clothes.  Dermot Hill said, “The backing we receive through the Foundation’s Christmas Appeal plays a vital role in ensuring that we stay well stocked throughout this very difficult period.”

The Glasgow Night Shelter supports asylum seekers who cannot access statutory homelessness services due to their immigration status.  Foundation support allowed them to extend their opening hours over the festive period.  The Refugee Survival Trust were helped to provide bus passes, which allows people to build friendships.

The Elpis Centre, who provide for homeless young women and Spirit Aid similarly received  support.  For some kids, as well as toys, winter coats, wellies, shoes and school uniforms were provided.

This list goes on, literally for pages.  If you stopped to put money in a bucket, bid at an auction, raised sponsorship at a sleep out, bought a candle for Light Up the Clover, or participated in this work in any way, you will never know the full impact you have made.

It is hard to get your head around big numbers, but £310k is a phenomenal figure.  It compares to anything achieved by any football club in the world.  Through this work, Celtic fans are changing the world in a structured way.  The Foundation are careful with your money, its impact is measured and subsequent support is earned.

We live in a world that is very different from 1887, when Brother Walfrid and his parishioners decided that “a football club will be formed for the maintenance of dinner tables for the children and unemployed.”  Then, the overwhelming majority of our community lived in abject poverty.  Now, most of us will fill our bellies tomorrow and sleep in a warm home.  But if this football club means anything to you, you will feel solidarity with those who fled to this country to seek a better life, those struggling to bring up kids and keep work and other plates spinning, those who are ill, without work, or those, who for a variety of circumstances, are without home, family and hope.

There but for the grace of God…  It can take very little to go wrong with our plans for our world to crash down.

The work of the Foundation is our proudest boast.  In 2019, more of us got this message and wanted to get involved.  We are part of a story that is 132 years old, that stretches back to a generation, some of whom fled famine and persecution but discovered the first step on the ladder involved squalor, hunger and cold.  Others have no link whatsoever to that story, but found their way to Celtic through common values.

And guess what?  We get to do it all again in 2020; our Celtic work never ends.  Thanks to everyone who ‘gets it’, you’re just brilliant.

Take care and have a great Christmas!

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  1. Now, perhaps more than ever, we need one of Noel90’s ‘This should be banned!’ videos.



    Merry Christmas everyone, have a good one!




  2. glendalystonsils on

    Coming out of lurkdom to join those wishing Paul 67 and all CQNr’s a happy Christmas and thanks for a blog which I hope to enjoy for a long time to come .



    I have my Res 12 t-shirt but I will not be wearing it as a hair shirt . Life’s too short

  3. Well done to all who have charity in their heart, deeds and actions.



    Even the barnacles…



    Was just about to clap myself on the back for a military level planning of getting all the presents and food in for tomorrow.



    Went to the fridge for a cool can of amber nectar…..and froze. No Stella, Stella , Stella in the Stella compartment. Fool!



    Shoes now on and a run to the shops in order.



    Enjoy your Christmas everyone!! 🍀🍀🍀

  4. bigrailroadblues on

    Merry Christmas to all from the Star bar. Apart from huns. I hope they shite a hedgehog over the festering season. 😂



    Merry Christmas to all from the Star bar. Apart from huns. I hope they shite a hedgehog over the festering season. 😂




    Aboot them huns…I was thinking the same… it’s Christmas and you are fekn spot on

  6. Quick Quiz question.




    Who was it who said:




    ‘Charity is a cold grey loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at a whim.’



    No Googling.

  7. ERNIE LYNCH on 24TH DECEMBER 2019 5:29 PM


    Quick Quiz question.









    Who was it who said:









    ‘Charity is a cold grey loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at a whim.’







    No Googling.






    was it sir david murray ?

  8. Social Bite






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    🎄 🎅 🤶 🎁 Our Christmas dinner times for anyone experiencing homelessness or food poverty are:


    Edinburgh, Shandwick Place


    Xmas Eve and Xmas Day 12-4pm


    Glasgow, St Vincent Street


    Xmas Eve and Xmas Day 12-4pm


    Aberdeen, Union Street


    Xmas Eve and Xmas Day 12-4pm

  9. The Charity work by the Celtic support is amazing…just a pity that Charity even exists in 2019.


    I am still very ill, due to the Two heart attacks and other issues, and due to circumstances over the last few years I have lost all contact with any Family and close friends that I once had, so it will be a very lonely Christmas/New Year, especially as I am just not well enough to go out.



    I could go to my local pub for an Hour, but even Two pints of Beer is probably two pints too many with all the medication that I am on. I havent spoken to a Soul since I left hospital last Thursday night.



    Despite the above, I am so grateful that I have a roof over my head, food in the cupboard/fridge, heat in the house, TV and PC Access to watch The Celts on Boxing Day and hopefully beyond, and the fact that I am NOT still in hospital…. especially at this time of year.


    My Heart goes out to those less fortunate than myself, and may I especially wish PADDYMACOZ all the best on his Surgery this coming Boxing Day….Paddy, we are ALL rooting for you !


    God Bless,


    Merry Christmas to all.


    Hail Hail.

  10. Art of war hurry I hear Stella is sold out in man shops, like that elusive Christmas toy I can see you searching all over…. Nah only kidding, good luck.



    Big Jimmy – don’t have too much to drink, you have 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18……. In a row to witness.



    BRRB – thank goodness you have checked in with your mission of handsome Hun searching, we were getting worried that you maybe had found an all new elusive species of handsome hunishness and were filling them in with who are the champions of planet fitbaw over a few swallies.😂🍺😂🍺😂



    Right back to ma T – Lager🍺 2nd of the evening






    D. :)

  11. SS -seen an article on BBC News yesterday, a chippy in Cardiff, owned by Asians, are cooking for the homeless tomorrow, humbling in this never ending racist bile we read about, and these guys are subjected to.

  12. bigjimmy



    god bless and get well soon.



    a merry christmas to paul and all cqnrs.



    lambert afraid you are out of order.imo

  13. Just about to begin my Christmas celebrations with the arrival of my girlfriend and a Double Treble ( Eden Mill). A really lovely whisky but not available anymore.


    Cheerio for now.

  14. ERNIE LYNCH. @5.29



    Having read John Bew’s mighty fine biography of the man – Clement Attlee.

  15. Big Jimmy.



    reach out to the family, just do it.



    The year from hell for myself health wise, I could not have got through it without wife and daughter support, But I didnt want to bother the rest of my immediate family. That meant I did not know a brother was in worse shape than i was, and really in Daniel Blake territory.


    I had a home to go to each time I got out of hospital, warm and safe.


    My brother has a flat, but didnt have a penny to eat or pay for heating, and health was worsening,



    He got it touch through a friend. I feel ashamed I wasnt watching out for him.



    At the sametime our father was critically ill, and passed on these last few weeks, My family was there, aunties and uncles I havnt seen in years, cousins I had never met.



    Trust me, dont go it alone, whatever the circumstances where that led to an estranged relationship, when your ill you cant go it alone.



    Reach out, do it.



    I have never met you, but on the way to celtic park on sunday I was sat at the lights at the Shipbank, as a gaggle of cackling wummin crossed the road and headed in. I admit, i thought of you, missing out. -)))



    Get talking to someone fella.



    Keep it Lit.

  16. Big Jimmy @ 17:36



    I don’t know you, however I do wish you all the best. At Christmas some people spend all sorts of money on all sorts of things, however these material goods are nothing when compared to your health.



    You have had it bad recently – I hope you can get down to your local, I know it’s a pain, but have a couple pints of soft drink & a natter.



    A wee change of scene, then home and watch a wee bit of TV.



    Wishing you a Happy Christmas – I hope you get a break and your health improves. Hail Hail.

  17. ERNIE LYNCH on 24TH DECEMBER 2019 12:30 PM


    lambert14 on 24th December 2019 12:04 pm





    Initially Res 12 suited the Board’s agenda. It allowed for procrastination and obfuscation. But the can could only be kicked so far down the road. When that point came Res 12 became an embarrassment to the Board. Hence the volte face.






    This is pretty much how i see it. The PLC laid bare for all to see. Arrogant, sneaky, conniving and greedy.

  18. To one and all


    To you and yours


    To everyone and anyone


    Wherever you are



    Have a good one

  19. Phew-Christmas shopping aw done 😉 Then seeing as it’s Christmas Eve I thought I would go for a curry and a few cobra 🍺Keep it traditional like☃️🎄

  20. BB HH SS



    it would have taken us another 200 years to break the enigma code if they left it to us 2.




  21. prestonpans bhoys on




    Chinese for me, just finished, now wine and gin later. Not all in the one glass🍸

  22. South Of Tunis on 24th December 2019 5:55 pm



    Once again, the correct answer.



    Autres temps, autres moeurs.

  23. prestonpans bhoys on

    Big Jimmy



    Hope your health improves quickly, Happy Christmas when it comes👍👍👍

  24. SAINT STIVS @6.09



    Big thanks for that .I was born in a room and kitchen in Dunearn Street.A 3 minute walk from there.

  25. ST STIVS,


    I hear what you say, but it aint that simple.


    I dont have phone numbers and/or address’s of any family for some time now, so I wouldnt know how to contact any of them, and I have been in my present Calton address for 3 years now, and none of my family know where I am either.


    I was an only child who didnt know his Mother, and Ive had no contact with my Dad since around 2009, due to my Evil Step Mother.


    My Dad was very ill the last time I saw him or heard anything about him thru an old Auntie from around 2016, so I dont know if hes alive or dead ?


    Being on my own is something that I well used to since 2010, its just that this year is worse, due to my worrying health issues. In recent weeks , apart from the heart attacks, I have had 8 blood transfusions and a “Iron” fusion last Wednesday in hospital. I have been losing blood for weeks and the Hospital doesnt know where from despite recent scopes and scans.


    I have been very lucky in my life with my health…until recently.


    I do have some friends in my local ( only 20 yards away), but they have helped me til now, and both of them a very much Family men…and it wouldnt be right for me to bother them again on Christmas Eve/Day etc.



    I have a Heart Nurse paying me a visit next Monday morning ( Dec 30th), so I hope and pray that I dont become worse before then…especially with losing blood, as I dont wish to be back in hospital…Id rather be at home ?


    As I said earlier, there are folk worse off than me…if I can stay out of hospital for a while then I will be satisfied.


    Thanks also to those on here wishing me well.


    Merry Christmas and hopefully The Celts collect 6 points in the next two games.



  26. Merry Christmas to Paul67 and everyone on CQN.



    McNut…. No matter how much you might hate it and try to change it, the fact is that the GB do more good for Celtic than bad.


    ….you won’t change 10s of thousands of fan’s minds on the matter.


    That’s why they’re still there and they’ll always be there.




  27. Paul 67,



    Thanks for providing this Dear Green Place……..



    A Happy, Healthy and Holy Christmas to your good self and all supporters of Celtica.