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Press release   •   Apr 27, 2017 10:54 BST

Patrick McGuire

Paisley man Patrick McGuire is a top shot with Celtic Football Club – but he’s not known for his prowess on the pitch!

Instead, he’s been using his photographic skills to capture the charity work of Celtic FC Foundation, which has raised more than £14 million since its inception in 2006.

Snapper Patrick works as a technical specialist with BT in Glasgow but uses his three days, paid, volunteering leave to record the charity work of the foundation.

“I’ve taken photos of almost all of the players and the history-making Lisbon Lions who were the first British team to lift a European trophy,” Patrick said.

And he added: “The most rewarding work I do is taking photos of the youngsters with autism and Downs Syndrome who get terrific help from the Foundation. It’s such a joy to see the smiles on their faces as they take part in the various activities and to witness the difference it makes to their lives.”

Celtic FC Foundation strives to honour the charitable principles and heritage of Celtic Football Club. Through a series of key projects, it aims to respond to the needs of disadvantaged children, young people and adults in their local community to improve health, promote equality, encourage learning and tackle poverty.

Liz Turner, BT Scotland’s head of corporate responsibility, said: “Many people at BT participate in volunteering, with 1,700 employees in Scotland giving more than 2,100 work days and a further 5,200 days of their own time to support their favourite charities and local causes, but there’s only one Patrick McGuire!”

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