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Drinks businesses hit the goal to net thousands for Airdrie hospice


International Beverage Charity Football Match 2022

Two of Scotland’s leading drinks businesses - Airdrie-based International Beverage and Bellshill-based William Grant & Sons - raised a remarkable £16,000 for St Andrew’s Hospice last week at a spirited charity football match.

The friendly, which took place on Friday 22nd July at Airdrie FC, attracted over 200 spectators from the local community, who generously bought tickets and donated on the door.

The £8,000 raised from ticket sales and donations on the night was then match-funded by both companies, meaning a total of £16,000 total was donated to the charity after the game.

St Andrew’s Hospice provides palliative care to people living with life-limiting illnesses and helps support their loved ones and carers. These vital services are provided free of charge to the adult population of Lanarkshire.

The two teams brushed off their boots, sharpened their ball skills and donned their strips to go head-to-head on the night in front of their cheering fans. After an action packed game, the William Grant & Sons’ team triumphed with a 3 – 1 win. Speeches, trophy presentations and Man of the Match Awards added to a brilliant atmosphere for players and fans alike.

Eileen Rae, Business Support Manager at International Beverage and one of the event organisers, says that the business has been overwhelmed by the support for the initiative. She commented: 

"The drinks industry is known for its camaraderie, so we were delighted to team up with William Grant & Sons to raise money for a very deserving charity. The generosity of fans and the community spirit on the night was fantastic and despite our defeat, we would love to make this an annual event and steal back that trophy! My wholehearted thanks goes to everyone involved for bringing our values of teamwork and community to the fore for this very special evening."

Craig Cranmer, Group Operations Director from William Grant & Sons, said:

"A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in this event – from the organisers to the players – it’s a good example of how important teamwork is in local communities. We are delighted to support St Andrew’s Hospice and support the work that they do."

John Brady, Head of Fundraising from St Andrew’s Hospice, commented:

"St Andrew’s Hospice are absolutely delighted to benefit from the generosity of these two fine drinks businesses. Whilst the football was competitive, the generous spirit of everyone attending, those who bought a match ticket or raffle ticket, or made a donation have our heartfelt thanks. And huge thanks to International Beverage and William Grant & Sons for matching the amounts raised on the night. This money will allow us to deliver care and compassion to Lanarkshire patients and their families."