Falkirk and Stenhousemuir make significant impact on local community through Festive Friends at Home

The work done by Falkirk FC and Stenhousemuir FC as part of the Festive Friends programme had a significant impact in the local community according to the SPFL Trust.

By Martyn Simpson
Monday, 15th February 2021, 10:26 am

The trust also confirmed that both clubs continue to go above and beyond locally during the pandemic.

The new-look initiative saw clubs bring festive cheer and companionship to people’s doorsteps with deliveries of Christmas gift boxes containing food, snacks, essential toiletries, gifts, games and more.

As part of the Festive Friends at Home programme, in which 37 Scottish football clubs and associated trusts participated, Falkirk had 26 volunteers who made 120 deliveries and edngaged with local partners Tesco St. Rollox, Time to Tackle, Falkirk Blind Club, Probus Club and Dad’s Army.

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Falkirk Community Foundation also raised an additional £1,500 in funding to support local schools' programme and packages through a socially distanced walking tour of local football grounds.

This was organised by their Football Fans in Training past participants.

Stenhousemuir meanwhile had seven volunteers who made 58 deliveries and engaged with local partners Hogan’s Fine Food Company, Mrs. Tilly’s, Tryst Brewery, Malcolm Allan Family Butchers and ASDA Stenhousemuir.

This year's programme was funded by James Anderson and the SPFL Trust’s second anonymous donor, who between them provided £87,700.

Community trusts and SPFL clubs were also able to leverage additional funding through local partners to widen access. In total, an additional £12,190 was raised.

SPFL Trust interim chief executive Warren Hawke comments: "We're pleased to see the wide-spread support and compassion of community trusts and the associated SPFL clubs.

"It's incredible to see how Scottish football has stepped up to help such a large number of those in need.

"The stories of individuals across the country shine through in the report. It arguably has meant more, reached more and been felt by more than ever before.

"If you're in a position to support us in 2021 we'd love to hear from you."