Last year the SPFL Trust launched a new-look Christmas initiative designed to support those who need it most at this time of year. Festive Friends – At Home which was supported by Peterhead FC delivered a total of 129 Christmas hampers.
It’s been another tough year for everyone due to the cost of living crisis, but of course, it has been especially difficult for the elderly who are at higher risk of social isolation.
We are delighted to announce that this year we can now host a Christmas lunch in the Bloo Toon Lounge for 40-50 people and also deliver up to 100 hampers for those in need in our local community.
“Festive Friends is about more than just hosting a lunch and sending out Christmas hampers; it is about delivering compassion, patience and kindness at the end of a year when it never meant more.
Peterhead FC Community Liaison Officer Nat Porter said “We were delighted when the SPFL Trust decided to continue the Festive Friends initiative. It has always been very popular and well received in the community. The fact that they are supporting both the meal and the hampers is great news”
The hampers will be delivered on Tuesday 13th December between 10am and 3pm and the lunch will be on Thursday 15th December (time to be confirmed). We are also delighted to confirm that Buchanhaven School Choir will sing Christmas carols before the meal which has always been a highlight.
We are working with partners including the local fire station, local councillor Dianne Beagrie, Aberdeenshire Council, NHS Grampian, Strachans and Peterhead Boys Club to deliver the initiative.
In late summer 2022 a budding young footballer Piper Luhn visited the Blue Toon with her dad David. Piper and her dad were thrilled to get a tour of Balmoor Stadium organised by our Community Liaison Officer Natty Porter. Both enjoyed the tour and was impressed with the Hall of Fame for season ticket holders. Piper was then invited to train with Kevin O`Brien and James Campbell`s Buchan Braves under 12s, She said “the coaches and the players were extremely welcoming and the level of play was fantastic. It made us want to extend our stay.” Coach Kevin also commented “We remember Piper coming to train with us and it was a pleasure to coach her, she was very enthusiastic and we wish her well.”
Praise indeed for a young girl who plays centre back/centre forward for FC Alliance 2010 ECNL. They are the No 1 team in Tennessee and won state championship last year. They are currently ranked 22 in the USA. Piper also participates in the Olympic Development Program on the Tennessee team and leading scorer for her school team that won the area championship a couple of months ago.
All at Peterhead FC are delighted we made David and Piper`s stay enjoyable and wish Piper all the best for the future. A big thank you also to Kevin and the girls who are `flying just now` Keep up the good work girls.