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By Euan Maxwell
Dumfries and West
Footy tops donation

A DUMFRIES football club has donated 250 football tops to vulnerable children and young people across the region.

Queen of the South – who worked alongside the clubs Community Trust – are aiming to ensure the football club can positively impact the lives of people in the community.

Queens’ chairman Billy Hewitson said: “We pride ourselves on Queens being at the heart of the community and year on year we look at different ways of building on the things that we have done previously.

“This year has been exceptionally hard for a number of people for various reasons so it’s important for us as a club to help in any way we can.

“By donating shirts to youngsters who wouldn’t otherwise have them is a small but highly valuable gesture and one that we hope can bring a smile to people’s faces during tough times.”

The club’s commercial manager and community trust board member Dan Armstrong stated the aim is for the club to “engage, empower and evolve” with each person that they work with using football as a vehicle.

He added: “This donation of shirts, allows someone who may not ordinarily get one the luxury of a new football shirt. I was lucky enough to be able to get football tops throughout my childhood and it shaped my passion for sport which I’m now fortunate enough to have a job in.

“If this can inspire one young person to get involved in sport or to take an interest in Queen of the South then for me it’s worth doing. I am very proud of this project and hope to see it grow year on year. We want more and more children to wear the colours of Queen of the South throughout the region.

“We also want football to be accessible to everyone and the aim for the club and the community trust is to work together more over the next few years, to enhance this across our amazing region.”

Meanwhile, the Palmerston Park outfit announced that they have agreed further deals with local businesses BDS Digital and Oakbank for their current stand sponsorship.

This comes on the back after Alpha Solway committed to sponsoring the main stand at Palmerston.

Mr Hewitson added: “This is a great support from all the businesses in what has been a tough year across the board for everyone.

“We are very grateful for their commitment and to all our other sponsors and supporters who have continued to help the club through these difficult times.”

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