Scottish football fans stopped off in Corby on their way to tonight’s England V Scotland world cup qualifier at Wembley.
They handed over the £2,044 cheque to members of Corby Youthie, a youth group stared by Corby mums Natalie Campion and Ameena Bull.
It will help pay for a new storage container so the club can start to build up and store its own stash of equipment.
The Tartan Army Children’s Charity is the nominated charity of the Scottish FA.
Members raise funds through the sale of t-shirts, kilts and badges, organising events, raffles and auctions and a lottery. They then distribute the cash to needy children in Scotland and in each country in which they play international games.
Corby Youthie was founded in 2015 and has since grown to more than 100 members. Local teens aged between 11 and 17 are given a warm, safe space at West Glebe Pavilion to hang out on Friday evenings as well as a range of sport social events and training in topics including first aid, boxing and dance.
Co-founder Natalie Campion said: “We want to try to expand and grow as much as we can but unfortunately we don’t have all that much storage here at West Glebe.
“We’re very grateful to the Tartan Army. Corby has such a strong Scottish heritage that we thought it was nice to have that link.”
Group member Riki Judkins, 17, who goes to Kingswood Academy, said she had made lots of friends at Corby Youthie. She said: “It’s great because everyone gets along. If we weren’t here on a Friday night we’d probably just be in each other’s houses.”
Ashleigh Mahynard, 15, who goes to Lodge Park Academy, said: “You can tell people here your troubles and they don’t judge.”
Although the donation will pay for the storage container, the group now needs help from local people to donate a concrete base.
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