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St Mirren Charitable Foundation are once again bringing Christmas cheer, kindness and compassion to the elderly, isolated and vulnerable individuals and families in the community by taking part in the Festive Friends programme this year.

Festive Friends is a brilliant opportunity for clubs to give back to their local communities.

41 SPFL associated community trusts & clubs will work with local partners to identify older people who may be feeling lonely or isolated, including St Mirren Charitable Foundation.

The programme is expected to support around 3,600 people this year across Scotland.

It’s been a difficult year for everyone, as we deal with the pressures of the cost of living crisis. But of course, winter is always a tough time for older people, who may be experiencing loneliness.

Around 13,000 people have enjoyed Festive Friends in the last seven years and that number is expected to reach nearly 17,000 this year.

St Mirren Charitable Foundation staff and volunteers will prepare and deliver a hot Christmas lunch, luxury hamper and gift to every persons home that is referred.

SPFL Trust CEO Nicky Reid said: “Festive Friends is a highlight in the SPFL Trust calendar, and one of the biggest events for our colleagues at clubs and community trusts across Scotland.

“It’s all about coming together to have a real impact in the lives of older people who might be experiencing loneliness throughout the festive period.

“It’s Christmas spirit in action as we see the power that SPFL clubs and associated community trusts have in their communities.

“Our research shows that almost 83% of people live within ten miles of a SPFL ground – because of this clubs and their associated community trusts are well positioned to support change in their communities.

“This year 42 clubs are involved, and we look forward to spreading festive magic to many across Scotland, bringing kindness and compassion this Christmas.”

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