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Former Kilmarnock FC Manager Kenny Shiels officially opened Children’s Hospice Association Scotland’s (CHAS) brand new five-a-side football pitch at Robin House.

The pitch was funded by Tesco Bank’s Glasgow-based staff, who have raised more than £23,000 since March this year.

A team of volunteers from Tesco Bank also helped to lay the pitch foundations.

The facility will provide important outside space for children and their families to play.

It can also be used for garden parties and Remembering Weekends for bereaved families who return to Robin House to share their experiences and support others going through similarly difficult times.

Adele Mills, Community Investment Manager for Tesco Bank, said: “At Tesco Bank we encourage all our staff to support their local communities.

"Over the last few years, we have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for worthy causes.

"We are all very proud of the staff in our Glasgow office and their fantastic efforts to support CHAS.”

Debbie Mooney, Regional Fundraising Manager for CHAS, added: “Lots of the children and families who visit Robin House love football.

"This new pitch will be a very popular addition and a great way for families to relax and spend time together creating happy memories.

"A special thanks to Tesco Bank for funding the new pitch and to Kenny Shiels and the families for showing how much fun can be had."

Kenny Shiels said: “I was delighted to be invited to come to Robin House to open the new five-a-side football pitch.

"Sometimes we look at football and talk about pressure, but when you see the incredible work that CHAS does to support families at these very hard times it’s very inspiring.”