Glasgow charities set for £50k boost thanks to football and rugby stars

Glasgow Warriors Stafford McDowall and Ross McCrea of McCrea FS announces Charity partnership with Glasgow Children’s Hospital. (Photo: © Craig Watson)

GLASGOW Warriors’ Stafford McDowall and Partick Thistle’s Ben Stanway have ensured two city-based charities will enjoy a major fundraising boost in the 12 months ahead.

McCrea Financial Services has announced that the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Revive MS Support are the Glasgow-based firm’s chosen charity partners for 2024/25. Their selection follows the charities being nominated by McDowall (GCHC) and Stanway (RMSS) after they won player of the month awards for their respective clubs earlier this season, the awards sponsored by McCrea.

McCrea turn 25 on 1st May this year and due to this the company has set a goal of raising a record £25,000 for both charity partners this year (so £50,000 in total).

The Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity help to provide the best possible care for young patients at Scotland’s largest children’s hospital by funding life-changing equipment, support services and research. Having won the November player of the month award, Warriors and Scotland international Stafford McDowall chose the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity for a charity donation, and was delighted to hear that McCrea Financial Services have since decided to partner with the charity for the coming year.

‘’Obviously it was great to win the McCrea Financial Services Warrior of the Month award back in November and have the chance to help out the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity with the monthly donation from McCrea, with the charity having become a massive part of the club’’ said Stafford.

‘’It was amazing to hear that off the back of the charity donation pick, McCrea have decided to partner with the charity for their forthcoming charity fundraising year.’’

Meanwhile, Revive MS Support is a local charity in Glasgow who provide nationwide support for people affected by Multiple Sclerosis by helping them manage the physical, emotional, social and financial impacts that come with a diagnosis. Having won the December award, Jags midfielder Ben Stanway chose Revive MS Support for his charity donation from McCrea, and was delighted to hear that we have decided to partner with the charity for the coming year, with the charity being very close to Ben’s heart.

“It means a lot to me to be in a position to help a charity which helps people with multiple sclerosis’’ said Ben. “Choosing Revive MS Support was a very personal choice from me, as the mum of one of my best friends right next door to me lives with the condition. I know she, Geraldine, has good days and bad days and when I’m with my best friend I can tell that too; he can be quiet and down when she’s struggling, so I’ve seen the wider impact of MS first hand. Any way we can make a difference we should try to do that.’’

The news comes off the back of a record-breaking fundraising year where McCrea raised £43,060 for the Emma Cameron Foundation and Glasgow Care Foundation. McCrea was recently awarded the ‘Best Community Service Endeavor’ award by the MFG Supplier Awards 2023.

McCrea’s sold-out 14th Annual Charity Golf Day on the 25th of April at the Fairmont St Andrews will tee-off a new year of fundraising, with various other events being planned including a Charity Dinner and Wine Tasting evening and Annual Charity Race Night.  

Regular updates on upcoming fundraising plans, with additional information and how donations can be made to McCrea’s Just Giving pages can be viewed here:

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