CELTIC have today said they will replace Christmas presents that were stolen from Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Police had been called to the hospital on Monday after up to 20 wrapped presents meant for sick children in an intensive care unit had been stolen.
Now Celtic will replace the presents for the children. A club spokesperson said: “I’m sure everyone will have been shocked by the news that these presents were stolen from Great Ormond Street Hospital, and we are only too happy to help where we can in replacing these presents for the children.
“Great Ormond Street Hospital is renowned throughout the world for helping many, many children. Celtic’s charitable roots have meant the club has always tried to help those most in need, and like everyone else, we’re delighted to support the fantastic work the hospital do.
“Only last week our players visited Yorkhill Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, and they were delighted to meet the children and their families and, of course, the wonderful staff who do such great work there.”
The club, through Celtic Charity, is involved in a whole range of charitable activities throughout the year. In recent weeks, as well as the hospital visit to Yorkhill, there was a special Christmas party organised at the stadium for 150 pupils from schools in the East End of Glasgow, while a group of Celtic supporters will travel to Kenya early in the New Year to do voluntary work in one of the worst slum areas in the world.
And most recently, Celtic Charity was also involved in supporting Rod Stewart’s charity single, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, which is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Speaking today, Fraser Forster said: “Everyone at the club read the story. It’s really shocking that this has happened and the club is delighted to step in and replace the presents. Charity is such an important part of Celtic, and it’s something the club wanted to do.”