Supporters Club help charities reach their goals

Pictured from left are John MacInnes (president of Oban No1 Celtic Supporters Club), Catriona Petit and Beth Campbell from Hope Kitchen.

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Oban No1 Celtic Supporters Club are turning their attendion towards local charities after receiving a £5,000 donation from the Celtic FC Foundation.

The money has been split between New Hope Kitchen and the St Vincent de Paul Society who will use it to help vulnerable members of the community through the current coronavirus situation.

Supporters Club president Neil MacInness said: ‘We are more than happy to do what we can to help local people who find themselves in a difficult situation especially at this time.

‘It is also good to see that a big football club can reach out to outlying communities in a time of need.’

Formed in 1950 the Oban Supporters Club travel regularly to Celtic Park to watch their team perform on the pitch but in between matches the group distributes funding to local and international charities through the Celtic FC Foundation.

Last year they sponsored a kitchen in Malawi through Mary’s Meals while also donating to numerous other local causes.

This most recent donation saw £2,500 go to Hope Kitchen to enable the charity to distribute food parcels to various local families and  individuals.

Catriona Petit, service manager for Hope, said: ‘We are really  encouraged by the amazing  generosity  of our community.

‘Celtic supporters club have helped us a lot in the past and at this difficult  time  for so many  people it is so good to have their financial help.

‘This will enable us to go and do a weekly  shop and get in all the essentials that we need to go with our other donations.

‘The speed of their response was also very useful as it has meant we can respond to people in crisis quickly too.’

The remaining £2,500 was given to the St Vincent de Paul Society which is a national charity run by the Catholic Church with the local branch here in Oban helping families at this time of need.