The SPFL has announced Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity as the recipient of fundraising from this weekend’s Betfred Cup Final, with money raised from supporters of both Celtic and Rangers going towards supporting the sick kids of Glasgow.
Bucket collections for the charity will be located around the ground when both sides of the Old Firm meet at Hampden Park on Sunday 8 December and will contribute towards supporting Glasgow’s most vulnerable children over the Christmas period.
Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, which was created in 2001, has a long-established relationship with the football clubs in the city. Both Rangers and Celtic make annual donations and regularly visit patients during the Christmas period.
A similar initiative helped the SPFL raise £3,707 for its charity arm, the SPFL Trust, during both Betfred Cup semi-finals held in early November.
SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “Football plays an extremely important part within our society and has the ability to make a real difference to the lives of those less fortunate.
“Scottish football fans are well-known for their charitable efforts within the community, and the Betfred Cup final offers another opportunity for supporters to raise money for a cause close to the hearts of many.”
William McGowan, Head of Fundraising at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the SPFL for the opportunity to raise vital funds at this year’s Betfred Cup Final. Both clubs have shown huge support for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity through the years, and we’d like to thank their fans for giving so generously to support the 500 children and families who pass through the doors of the city’s children’s hospital each day.
“Our volunteers for the day are from the Donna Miller Foundation, whose tireless fundraising has raised thousands of pounds for Ward 2C in memory of Donna Miller. Regardless of the result on the pitch, our young patients will be the winners on match day thanks to the generous donations of both sets of fans."