In 2004, Celtic chose 2 charities to benefit from the funds raised through the Football Aid games at Celtic Park.
The Make a Wish Foundation received £5,000 to help grant magical wishes of children with life threatening illnesses in Scotland. The wishes can involve anything from a trip to Disneyland, a journey on the Orient Express, a computer or even a trip to Manchester United. On receiving the award, Amanda Hillhouse, Area Manager said, “Please accept our sincere thanks for the very kind grant of £5,000. It is only with organisations such as yours that we are able to continue granting the magical wishes of the children we have the privilege of serving.”
The Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) also received £5,000. CHAS was founded in 1992 by professionals and parents who understood the needs of children with life limiting conditions and their families. At the time, there was no hospice provision for children in Scotland but in 1996, Rachel House; Scotland’s first children’s hospice opened providing specialist support, short term breaks, terminal care, bereavement counselling, friendship, information, advice and practical support. The Field of Dreams grant was used to complete Robin House, the second CHAS hospice. Roslyn Neely, Fundraising Manager, explained, "Teenagers using Rachel House had expressed how important and beneficial it is for them to have a private space where they can enjoy some independence from parents and carers. We therefore created a 'Teenage Den' for them at Robin House and this grant helped equip it. It has been a huge success.”
“Robin House opened in August 2005 and the Teenage Den has proved hugely popular. The equipment this grant has allowed us to buy has made the room feel very special. The teenagers love it and won't even come out for mealtimes! A lot of our teenagers, especially our young men, can be withdrawn and angry about their condition. Staff have reported that the relaxed atmosphere and privacy of the den has encouraged the teenagers to open up and broach their fears to staff, which they may not do around their parents. We involved the teenagers in the Teenage Den. They chose the colour scheme, lights, all equipment, computer games etc. This was a great thing to do as it gave them ownership of the project and are very proud of it.”
As a result of the 2005 and 2006 games at
December 2008 Update - Celtic used their grant to benefit 4 separate charities in Glasgow. Through the Celtic Charity Fund, the Field of Dreams grant of £19,422 was used to help a range of local charities. Jane Maguire at the Fund said ”Celtic charity Fund is delighted to receive this wonderful grant from Football Aid. It will help a range of fantastic charities in line with our 6 key areas of support and make a huge difference to many lives.”
January 2010 Update - £12,858 to the Celtic Charity Fund, founded in 1995, the Fund was formed with the aim of revitalising Celtic's charitable traditions. Since then, it has raised and distributed almost £2m to a wide range of charities and continues to support charities in Scotland, Ireland, and across the World.
"Football Aid is a wonderful annual event that goes from strength to strength and your fantastic donation to Celtic Charity Fund will support initiatives in aid of sick children, the homeless, and the promotion of racial and ethnic harmony."