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Islamic Relief UK and Celtic FC Foundation team up to help some of the most vulnerable families in Scotland

Islamic Relief UK and Celtic FC Foundation team up to help some of the most vulnerable families in Scotland

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On Wednesday 26 January, Islamic Relief UK partnered with Celtic FC Foundation to distribute 500 essential food packs to vulnerable people including the homeless, asylum seekers, refugees, and women who have suffered domestic abuse.

Scotland has seen a stark rise in families needing financial assistance and help with food. According to the poverty and inequality commission, one in four children in Scotland (24%) and one in five working-age people (19%) are living in poverty.

Many people have been hit hard by the pandemic, including low-income families, those suffering from domestic abuse, the homeless, asylum seekers and refugees who were already struggling to feed themselves, and many prioritising eating or heating as they struggle to pay their bills.

The food packs contained 21 items including, rice, pasta, vegetables, alongside shower gel.

With poverty levels in the UK increasing, Islamic Relief UK is also distributing food parcels across the country with different partners.

Tony Hamilton, Celtic FC Foundation Chief Executive, said:

“Islamic Relief UK is a great partner for us to have and working together with them means we can better serve those in our communities who need assistance.

“We’re very grateful to them and to our partners at the Foodbank and the volunteers who have given up their own time to pack bags and distribute food.”

Nadeem Baqir, Regional Community Fundraising Manager, Islamic Relief UK said: 

“We are proud to be working side by side with Celtic FC Foundation to reach out to some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland. The spirit of Celtic FC, historically from the beginning has been about helping people in need and strengthening the community.

“The pandemic has devastated families’ lives, people have lost their jobs and many are resorting to food banks. The cost of living is also having a heavy toll on people as they struggle to pay for just the essentials such as food and warmth.

“This winter, the work of Celtic FC Foundation will make a huge difference for many families and we thank them for their amazing efforts to help those in need.”


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About Celtic FC Foundation

Celtic FC was formed in 1887 with the purpose of raising money for the poor in the East End of Glasgow. The vision of the Founding Fathers continues to this day through the work of the club’s charitable arm, Celtic FC Foundation. Our aim is to help those living in poverty through a range of initiatives targeting hunger, employability, social inclusion and education.

While faithful to the legacy and ethos of our Founders locally, we are open to respond to national and international crisis, reflecting the outlook of supporters and the Club.

About Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief is a faith-inspired, development and humanitarian agency working to transform and save the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in over 40 countries. Islamic Relief assists people according to need and does not discriminate in any way.

Set up in Birmingham in 1984 by a group of volunteers, we have assisted over 117 million people all over the world. We’re saving lives and empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty in over 40 countries – from Bangladesh to Bosnia, Pakistan to Palestine, Kenya to Kosovo. Islamic Relief is on the ground in some of the world’s most dangerous and difficult places – including Syria and Yemen – strengthening the most marginalised communities to withstand conflict and natural disasters and to build a brighter future. We also support vulnerable people in the UK in partnership with local charities and organisations.

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