Derry City fans organise special food bank collection

'The Red Partisans' at a recent Derry City F.C. match.
'The Red Partisans' at a recent Derry City F.C. match.

A group of Derry City F.C. supporters are organising a special food bank collection at the up-and-coming game between Derry City and Bohemians at the Brandywell on Friday April 24.

The group, who are known as ‘The Red Partisans’, told the Journal why they took it upon themselves to organise the collection.

“In recent weeks, young Derry City F.C. fans have been painted in a negative light and we wanted to show people that we want to make a difference,” founding member and collection organiser, Caolan Doherty.

“We were formed in January 2013 and despite the fact we are a supporters club we are very much involved in all kinds of left wing politics locally. We are all from working class areas of the city and we know all too well the hardships faced by many people in Derry on a daily basis - we wanted to do something to help those people.”

The collection will take place from 6pm to 8pm on Friday April 24, the same night Derry City F.C. take on Bohemians at the Brandywell.

“We have a really good relationship with Bohemians fans at the minute and they are bringing food all the way from Dublin to donate.

“It’s a great way of showing our solidarity with the people of this city. Obviously it would be amazing if food banks didn’t have to exist but that it is the reality of things on the ground at the minute,” said Caolan.

Anyone interested in donating a food item to the food bank collection is advised to take it to the collection point at Longtower Youth Club (next door to the Brandywell) between 6pm and 8pm on Friday April 24.

‘The Red Partisans’ are particularly interested in receiving sugar, UHT milk, UHT juice, toilet rolls, tinned fish, biscuits, baby food, nappies, toothpaste and clothes. All donations are welcome.