This year’s annual Larne FC Supporters Clubs charity drive, the ‘For the Town’ Christmas Appeal has been hailed as a success with substantial donations of cash and food being made to those in need throughout the community.
The Red & White Army once again showed its heart at the end of a difficult economic year, donating in their droves during home matches as Inver Park, as well as visiting drop off sites such as Prestige Flooring & Bathrooms on Larne Main Street.
With the help of club staff, the three Larne FC supporters clubs, ASDA Larne, Larne Food Bank and Larne community groups, the club was able to distribute:
- Over 100 ‘For the Town’ family food bags, full of Christmas supplies
- Over £1100 worth of vouchers for fresh produce such as meat, fruit and veg
- £600 plus a large volume of food directly to Larne Food Bank
- £250 plus a number of essential hygiene items to Equality Period
- Christmas care packages to the club’s elderly supporters
Joel Neill, Director, Community Engagement & Supporter Liaison said:
“Once again I am blown away, but not surprised, at the community spirit and determined generosity on display from supporters.”
“During a sobering trip to Larne Food Bank, we heard how demand for their services had doubled in a single year from 2021-2022, and when you remember that we spent last Christmas in lockdown, that single statistic really shows how difficult it is for normal families in our town at the moment, and just important this work is.”
“It goes without saying, but this year’s appeal would not have happened without the tireless work of our volunteers and partners who gave up their time to ensure as many people as possible were covered for Christmas.”
“I am grateful to members of the three Larne FC supporters’ clubs; the Inver Red & Whites, the Larne NISC and the Larne Reds. I must also recognise the driving force that is Karen Clements and family, along with supporter liaison officers Margaret Ferguson and Richard Todd. That is by no means an exhaustive list, and they don’t act for praise, but they all certainly deserve it.”
“We know that the need doesn’t go away after the festive period, so we will look to grow our relationship with Larne Food Bank to continue helping them and Larne’s community groups in the incredible work they do for the town.”
“Once again, thank you for your incredible kindness.”
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