Hearts and Hibs will open stadiums to feed 400 people on Christmas Day

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Hearts and Hibs will open their stadiums to feed up to 400 people on Christmas Day.

The two teams will lay on the specially organised events at Tynecastle and Easter Road in support of the Evening News Edinburgh Cheer campaign.

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Tesco stores across Edinburgh have stepped forward to supply food for the lunches as part of the initiative.

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Store Manager, Fraser Cromar said: “Our Christmas campaign – Everyone’s Welcome at Tesco – celebrates the many ways we come together at Christmas, so when we heard about the Edinburgh Cheer initiative to make Edinburgh the city of kindness this Christmas we were only too pleased to be able to help out at this important time of year.

“Many people in the communities we serve will be facing the prospect of being alone this festive season, so we are very proud to play our part in helping them enjoy a Christmas meal together.

“Hibernian hosted an event last year and it is fantastic to see that Hearts were so inspired by the success of it that they’re on board this time around and together we’re ready to kick off the Christmas meal on 25 December.”

As well as delivering food for the lunch, the Edinburgh stores will also supply goodie bags.

Leeann Dempster, Hibernian FC chief executive said: “We’re very happy to open up our club home at Christmas to welcome people along to enjoy Christmas Day with us again following on from the success of last year.

“We hope that up to 200 people of all ages, who might otherwise have less to look forward to at Christmas than the rest of us, can come together and have a wonderful lunch and a great time. Special thanks are due to Tesco, who are again providing us with a huge helping hand by providing the food, and thanks also to Central Taxis for their efforts in bringing people here.”

The event is being organised as part of a wider Edinburgh Cheer campaign by the Edinburgh Evening News.