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Supporters’ Stories

Big Hearts Supporters donate their time to change lives.

Anyone can get involved to make a positive difference – from volunteering across our family programmes at Tynecastle Park to helping Big Hearts’ charity partners.

Our community of Big Hearts Supporters is a diverse group of people from all backgrounds, committed to support those affected by poverty & social isolation.

This is our supporters’ stories, told in their own words.

PAULINE - FROM VOLUNTEER TO STAFF MEMBER

“I’ve been a Big Hearts Volunteer for many years. As a lifelong Hearts fan, it feels great to go to the Stadium to work every morning!”

Pauline was one of the first fans volunteering with our charity. Four years on, she’s now a paid staff managing over 200 volunteers.

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SCOTT & ROBERT - FOOTBALL TO AMSTERDAM

“We are taking on this challenge as The Big Hearts Team because we met via The Changing Room and the project changed our life. We want to give something back.”

Scott and Robert are taking on the Football to Amsterdam challenge to raise awareness of prostate cancer.

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BRYAN - THE CHANGING ROOM

“When I had my own issues the help that Big Hearts gave me made me feel it’s only right to give back and help others.” 

After attending our first ‘The Changing Room’ programme, Bryan decided to become a Big Hearts Volunteer and help other men improve their mental health.

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KATRIONA - BIG HEARTS BEFRIENDING

“After few weeks you can see the difference you are making to the young person and it’s very rewarding.”

Hearts’ season ticket holder Katriona wanted to help a vulnerable young person through the Club’s charity. She is now a Volunteer Befriender with Big Hearts.

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SUSAN - FRESH START

“I learned so much about homelessness. I think I became a better person because of that. It helps me appreciate what I’ve got.”

Susan converted her passion for DIY into a volunteering role with the charity Fresh Start. As part of their ‘Hit Squad’ she helps previously homeless families settle in their new homes.

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NICK - YOUTH SUPPORT

“Volunteering is really good for me. I like meeting loads of new people and be part of something.”

Nick helps facilitate activities for local school pupils identified as isolated. He’s involved in Big Hearts’ weekly T.E.A.M project and our School’s Out! programme during the summer.

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SAMI - EDINBURGH MEMORIES

“It’s nice to have something to look forward to. It helps shape my life. Volunteering gives me a purpose.”

To increase her social interactions, Sami got involved in our Edinburgh Memories and Football Memories groups for older people. She’s also started to befriend a child in kinship care.

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