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CHARITY INFORMATION

Over the years, a number of charities have benefited from the Football Aid games at Tynecastle.

The recently established Heart of Midlothian Education and Community Trust received £1,100 from Field of Dreams as a result of the Football Aid game at Tynecastle held last year. The aim of the trust is to use the power of sport to educate, motivate and inspire children, youths and adults within the Heart of Midlothian Community.

The grant will be used to support the Trust’s regular football training programmes across Edinburgh and the Lothians, purchasing coaching equipment, publicity materials and help fund the coaching staff.

In addition, the Gorgie Dalry Community Health Project received £587 towards a Men’s Health Awareness Fayre. Catriona Windle, Co-ordinator explained how the funds were spent. “The Men's Health Awareness Fayre aims to raise awareness of men's health issues; provide health checks to men attending for early prevention diabetes, heart disease and to encourage men to take proactive role in improving health.  We struggle to see any men in our project generally so this was a valuable exercise with several men attending and the majority having their BP checked."

The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) received £424 towards the purchase of a Sound Beam System for Rachel House, Scotland’s first children’s hospice.  CHAS was founded in 1992 and is committed to the provision of Children’s Hospice Services in Scotland, working exclusively with children with life limiting conditions and their families. After receiving the award, Pippa Robeson, Fundraising Manager explained how the Sound Beam System would benefit the hospice, "The project was intended to encourage an interest in music - for children with very limited ability and movement, to experience and create music together.  It was very successful - the sound beam is an amazing piece of technology. Many children had never been able to create music unaided, so this gave a new experience to them. It has made us aware of the creative capability of children with limited ability, they have untapped skills that the sound beam has released."

The British Heart Foundation used their grant of £424 to help purchase an ECG machine while Marie Curie Cancer Care and Children in Need 2005 both received donations of £500.