Strathcarron Hospice is kicking off a massive fundraising drive by announcing a partnership with a football club.
Next month, Falkirk FC will urge its supporters to dig deep for the Denny palliative care facility.
Club bosses have agreed to host a ‘Strathcarron Day’ on April 19 when they play Raith Rovers at Falkirk Stadium.
As well as rattling collection cans, the charity’s branding will be visible all over the stadium and a parchment, signed by the club and hospice to mark the partnership, will be handed over on the pitch at half-time.
Kieran Koszary, Falkirk FC’s business development manager, said: “As a club, we want to be involved in the community and we cannot think of a better way of doing this than supporting such a vital resource as Strathcarron.
“There cannot be many – if any – of our fans who have not been touched by cancer in their families, circle of friends or workplaces. By helping the hospice in whatever way we can, Falkirk Football Club is showing how much it appreciates the invaluable work it does.”
He added that it would be a long-term commitment and a ‘Strathcarron Day’ would become a regular date on the fixture list.
The club also hopes to welcome patients and their families as guests to matches, and is looking at arranging training sessions with youngsters whose lives have been affected by cancer.
Angela Gillies, the hospice fundraising manager, said everyone at Strathcarron was delighted at the partnership.
She said: “One of our patients recently came to watch a game with his two young children and sadly, it was the last trip he was able to make with them before he died. But we know it left them with a lot of happy memories.
“Forming partnerships with businesses in the area is important for us to get the message about what the hospice does out to people and we are absolutely delighted to sign up with the club.”