Belfast Telegraph

Superfan Jay rallies once more to help out homeless

Jay Beatty with Anton Riley from Help the Homeless
Jay Beatty with Anton Riley from Help the Homeless

By Staff Reporter

Big-hearted Celtic superfan Jay Beatty gave a helping hand to the homeless on the streets of Glasgow this week.

Celtic-mad Jay has become a hero to people with Down's syndrome, helping to change perceptions and winning the hearts of some of the world's top football stars and their fans.

And last week the Lurgan lad helped volunteers for Scottish charity Help the Homeless distribute food, toiletries and sleeping bags to rough sleepers in the Clydeside city.

It's not the first time Jay has helped Glasgow's homeless. In November, he met Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard as they visited the city's Help The Homeless volunteers.

Little Jay first hit headlines aged just 11, after being carried around Glasgow's Celtic Park in front of more than 50,000 supporters by Celtic player Georgios Samaras.

At the time he was a mascot for the club, an honour he received after meeting Celtic players when the side came to Belfast to play Cliftonville in a Champions League qualifier in 2013.

In 2015 Jay won the Sunday Life/Specsavers Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards.

Also this week, Jay was at Celtic Park to support the club's 2017 Light Up The Clover Christmas Appeal, which will put a meal on the tables of around 300 local families facing poverty and provide gifts for their children.

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