There might not be any football to play just now, but all of us at St. Duthus FC have been keeping busy in other ways. This past week players and committee put their heads together and we are delighted to say that we have raised a sum of £1,530 which will be shared between Tain & District Medical Group and Tain and Fearn Area Medical Practice, in a bid to benefit our local NHS services during the difficult times they are faced with.
The fundraising drive was started off by the players, as Jon Campbell explains.
"We have a fine list for things like bookings, being late, wrong training gear, nutmegs etc and it goes into a pot for an end of season night out. Obviously with the ongoing pandemic, we weren’t going to be able to have a night out, so we thought it could be put to much better use in the here and now, helping those in the care sector when they need it more than ever. For us, it is the odd couple of pounds each week that we don’t notice. For them, that money could make a huge difference."
When made aware of the squad's kind gesture, the club did not hesitate in matching the players' offering with a donation from club funds, doubling the total.
"The Tain community has been extremely good to us when we've had football to play." said Chairperson Niall Harkiss.
"But while we're sat on the sidelines, it's only right for us to do what we can for our community when it needs us the most -- and that starts with giving something back. It cannot be understated how vital it is for NHS workers to have the correct equipment and resources at their disposal. In making these donations to the Tain Health Centre practices, we hope that we can make some difference to NHS resources in our community."
On the players missing out on their end of season night out, Jon said;
"Knowing this squad, I am confident we’ll make the kitty back through nutmegs and boys breaking the rules pretty quickly!"
On behalf of all at St. Duthus Football Club, we continue to urge everyone to please Stay at Home and Stay Safe.