Foodbank football fundraiser today

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 08:38 on 11 July 2015

Cumbernauld Against Poverty

Liam Stevenson is one of the match's organisers. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

CUMBERNAULD’S Ravenswood Playing Fields will today host a special charity football match, organised by one local campaign group, in aid of a Cumbernauld foodbank.

The campaign group ‘Cumbernauld Against Poverty’ has organised the special football match, with all of the proceeds from the event to be donated to Cumbernauld’s Bethlehem House of Bread foodbank.

With kick off in under six hours’, organisers say they are hoping for a good turnout at the event. 

Michael Croly is one of the match’s organisers. He told Cumbernauld Media that the match will be “an old firm charity match”, explaining: “Hopefully we will have a few celebrities taking part.”

He added: “Tommy Sheridan will be playing in the match, and we are expecting a few other names confirming, though of course, they might just show up later today.

“The event will start at 1pm, with kick off at 2pm. The winners at the final whistle will be presented with the CAP annual charity match trophy, and afterwards we will be heading back to the Stables Bar who sponsored the event.

“Everybody is welcome to attend the match, and raise funds for charity, with all proceeds from the match to go to the Bethlehem House of Bread foodbank.”

Established after last year’s referendum on whether Scotland should become an independent country, the Cumbernauld Against Poverty group is a non-partisan, community group who say they are “aimed at tackling and reducing poverty in the Cumbernauld from a grassroots level.” 

Liam Stevenson is one of the group’s founders, and is the second organiser of today’s charity football match. 

Talking to Cumbernauld Media, Liam said that “everybody is welcome” to attend the event, and help raise money for Bethlehem House of Bread.

He said: “There will be no entry fee to the match, but football cards will be sold and donations will be greatly appreciated, before, during and after the match.”

Bethlehem House of Bread is a local charity, run by volunteers and donations from local people. The foodbank is hosted in Cumbernauld’s Cornerstone Church, and takes place every Thursday evening.

The charity football match starts at 1pm, with kick off at 2pm, this afternoon (11th July). The match will take place at Ravenswood Playing Fields, at Dowanfield Road.