Appeal launched to support Foundation’s work with local communities

Iain Gray MSP is helping to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Hibernian Community Foundation, which he Chairs, with the launch of a new funding appeal to support its work.

Hibernian Football Club established the Foundation in 2008 as a registered Scottish charity to help improve the lives of disadvantaged people and communities across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Now in its tenth anniversary year, the Foundation is continuing to reach out and deliver programmes to those most in need, including various activity in communities throughout East Lothian.

The ‘Famous Fiver’ appeal, which evokes a golden era in the club’s history, is encouraging Hibernian supporters to donate at least £5 to assist the Foundation’s programmes.

Speaking about the appeal, Iain Gray MSP said:

“The Hibernian Community Foundation was established 10 years ago to harness the power of football to improve the lives of disadvantaged people and communities across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

“I am very proud to have been the Chair of the Foundation since 2013 and help oversee the development of its innovative programmes. In order for the Foundation to continue and build on this very important and much-needed work, we need to raise additional funds, which is why we have launched this Famous Fiver appeal.

“The target for the appeal is £25,000 and I hope Hibernian supporters and others who support the Foundation’s work will get behind it and make a donation. Every penny raised will be used to assist positive change in local communities and with people of all ages.”

First-team star Lewis Stevenson, who was on hand to help with the launch, said:

“I know first-hand the great work the Community Foundation does in deprived communities across the Lothians and I would ask everyone who can to donate to the Famous Fiver appeal.”

More about the Famous Fiver Appeal, including how to make a donation, can be found at