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Monday, 17 December 2018 14:28

Local clubs spread Christmas cheer by raising funds for children's hospital

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Airdrie United Boys Club and West Calder United Juniors have come together this Christmas to raise funds for a local hospital.
The two clubs raised between them a total of £1350, which has been donated to the New Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.
The hospital holds a special place in the hearts of those involved in both clubs, particularly for Airdrie United as one of their current youth players was treated for cancer at the hospital when he was a toddler.
Cheques were presented to the hospital, the largest of its kind in Scotland, last Sunday morning, as well as a sack of gifts to help lift the spirits of those who will be in the hospital over the holidays.
Airdrie United 2006 coach Chris Gallacher spoke of the relationship between the club and the hospital.
"Our 2006 player Lewis McParland was treated at yorkhill for cancer as a toddler. His family decided they wanted to give sonething back to the hospital. He asked his teammates for help and they answered the call.
"One players dad William McColl started a fundgiving page raising $1100 players donated gifts and selection boxes. Airdrie Utd donated £50 and West Calder Juniors donated £200.
"The players were taken on a guided tour and shown how their money would be put to goodd use for equipment and care. Their gifts will be distributed to the patients. The boys were glad to help out their hero captain Lewis and his kindness and gratitude towards the ward that treated him was heart warming."
Kirsten Sinclair, Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity said: “Being in hospital at Christmas time can be very difficult for our young patients, but thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we can ensure that the hospital is filled with plenty of exciting events and activities to spread festive cheer.
“We’d like to thank everyone at Airdrie United Boys Club for their incredible support and generosity this Christmas, which helps us ensure that children and their families have the best possible care and experience at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.”
If you would like to donate to the GRHC, you can do so at https://www.glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org/donate
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