In another couple of weeks, it’ll be two years since Leith Links was formed but I couldn’t wait to advise everyone that donations have now exceeded £20,000 I am honestly amazed and humbled by the support received from fellow fans and cannot thank you enough for helping more children attend games at Easter Road.
Direct Debits and standing orders now stand at £350 per month and what with season tickets, HSL and a share issue on the go, I appreciate the backing shown by the fans for this additional scheme too.
You will have seen and/or been part of the initiative to get more children along to the recent play-off game. A very generous Hibby contacted the club to offer £1,000 to be used for kids tickets and I was delighted to be asked to help distribute the tickets, via groups who receive Kicks for Kids STs from Leith Links. Over £4,000 was raised between Fan’s websites and Leith Links, which I am sure you will agree is a remarkable amount, and even though the result didn’t go our way, hopefully we’ve gained some new Hibby’s from it or at the very least given some children a day out to remember. Also, a massive thanks to Sue McLernon at Hibs for all of her hard work to allocate the tickets
Finally, a group of ten children from the Multi-Cultural Family Base (MCFB) will be guests at the Scotland game on Friday at Easter Road, after a Trustee of the Tartan Army Children’s Charity contacted Leith Links after reading of our work. On top of attending the match, they will all receive a Scotland top plus £10 to spend at the game. A wonderful gesture, I’m sure you’ll agree.
So, what next? Well, a football tournament is being planned for later on this year (Petrofac Cup fixtures permitting!) and a mini-festival with MCFB is in the pipeline, so it’s all go. We’ve also raised enough, so far, for 89 Kicks for Kids STs for next season but additional donations are always welcome
All-in-all, none of this would have been possible without the backing of the Hibs support, both financially and/or by spreading the word, so once again, thank you. From the HSA, Branches, forums, Club employees (both current and former ), businesses and individual fans, the support has been tremendous. What a team, what a support