LARNE Football Club is proud to launch a new community initiative which will see local groups supported with financial donations and the delivery of hot meals in the town.
Local community groups have been doing a fantastic job in supporting various areas of our community and we are delighted to continue our partnership with them, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In accordance with the Northern Ireland Executive’s social distancing advice, our first team players delivered donations of £500 each to five community groups on Tuesday afternoon.
Club captain, Jeff Hughes and January arrival John Herron, handed the cheques over to St. John’s Ambulance, Craigyhill Residents Community Association, Cairncastle Community Assocation, the Factory Community Forum and Dixon Park Residence Committee.
In the coming weeks, more players will visit the remaining groups who have taken up our offer of support.
Speaking about the initiative, chairman Gareth Clements said: “the current Covid-19 situation we find ourselves in has been a tough set of circumstances to adapt to for everyone.
“However, through adversity often comes joy, and watching the town come together to support our vulnerable and most in need residents has definitely brought joy and light to what could otherwise have been a really dark period for some people.
“With the football club being very much at the heart of the community, we felt it really important to continue to play our part and support these efforts.
“Early on in the pandemic period our players dug deep to offer their support through The Antiville Residents Forum who have been doing a sterling job led by our Matchday Head Steward, Alan Withers. This support was also matched by our board members along with Kenny.
“The longer the lockdown has gone on, the more the support has become apparent from across the town. We have now duly reached out to a further thirteen community organisations from down the Glens to the Glynn to offer our help.
“These are tough enough times economically for the club, with our income streams effectively having been cut off twelve weeks ago, but we feel a strong sense of duty to be there for everyone who has supported us, and who I have no doubt will continue to do so once we navigate our way through this”.
As part of the initiative, our first team players will volunteer their time and deliver hot meals on behalf of both Larne Football Club and external community groups.