Our partners at Clyde Recycling have raised a staggering £11,000 for us by organising a sports dinner, which included speeches from ex football players, a live auction, a three-course meal and more.

Organised by CEO of Clyde Recycling, Owen Ritchie, the event saw more than 100 people come together to hear more about the support we offer fire service personnel and their families across Scotland and the wider UK.

Radio pundit Mark Guidi hosted the event, and interviewed ex-Rangers football player Arthur Numan and ex-Celtic player John Hartson in front of guests. Meanwhile, tables were treated to a champagne reception, a three-course meal and entertainment.

“We used to host sports dinners like this five or six years ago,” says Owen. “I wanted to bring them back and get some fresh voices to, primarily, support the Charity as an extra donation on top of what we raise each year through the recycling.”

We have been running our hugely successful clothes recycling scheme since 2009, in partnership with fire and rescue services and textile recycling companies across the UK – and Clyde Recycling has been there from the start.

Owen previously said of our partnership: “It’s over 10 years ago that we started the partnership. We got approached to service the whole of Scotland, if we were interested, and of course we were. It just really grew from there.

“We’ve got over 100 banks over the whole of Scotland, spread out across a lot of ground, as well as a fleet of trucks which we service every day.

“It’s been a great partnership. The added bonus is that we can help firefighters and personnel in need. That’s a massive bonus for us.”

Our Community Fundraiser, Lyndsay Campbell, said: “Owen and the team at Clyde Recycling have been supporting us for years and I was delighted to see them organise such a fantastic extra fundraiser for us this year. Thank you to all of those involved, from the organisers to the hosts and of course all of the guests. The funds raised will make a lasting difference to so many of our beneficiaries’ lives.”

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