On the march with Ally and his charity army

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IT was all smiles in Spain, at least for a wee while, for one group of Scotland fans led by Levenmouth councillor Alistair Hunter last week.

Cllr Hunter, who is the chair of the Tartan Army Children’s Charity (TACC), helped hand over a cheque for £15000 to a residential group home for vulnerable children and young people in the Alicante area.

The councillor was, of course, in the Costa Blanca to watch Scotland’s final Euro 2012 qualifying match but almost certainly had more fun at the EMAUS run home before the big game, which ended in a 3-1 defeat for the Scots.

Cllr Hunter (pictured back row second from left) said: “We are delighted to be working with EMAUS, it is providing vital services to local, vulnerable young people and we are very happy to be able to assist the children it supports so they can enjoy play and recreation and leisure time despite having severe personal and family difficulties.

“All children should be able to play and have fun and TACC isvery proud to play a small part of that with the EMAUS children.”

The cash raised by TACC, a registered Scottish charity established and managed by Scottish football supporters in their spare time, will be used to build a football pitch and playground for the children and the charity also arranged for a group of the children to attend last week’s match.

Since 2006 TACC has raised over £500,000, through fans and corporate partnerships, to bring some happiness to disadvantaged children wherever Scotland play, home or away.

In Scotland its work includes giving away tickets to matches, providing winter coats, organising a Christmas present appeal and running a Friday night club.

Donations have also been made to children in Ukraine, Georgia, Macedonia, South Africa, Ireland, Czech Republic and Lithuania.