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Buckfast donation to children’s team sparks concern

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Buckfast have come under fire for donating money to a kids’ football team.

J Chandler and Co, who distribute the tonic wine, have given £1000 to Hamilton based Mill United 2007s – a team of children under seven.

The money will be used by the team to buy training kit and equipment.

But Hamilton MSP Christina McKelvie feels it is inappropriate for an alcohol company to make a donation to children so young.

She said: “Funding from drinks companies is an important source of income to major sports operators.

“However, the idea of any producer of alcohol providing funding of sports kits for seven-year-olds at Mill United seems to me to indicate a dislocation from both morality and responsibility. Mill United are a smashing club, I remember the team my son played for could never beat them.

“I know it is very difficult to secure funding for kit and equipment, however, a ‘gift’ like this for kids as young as seven is very worrying indeed.”

• Full story at the Hamilton Advertiser.

Buckfast Tonic Wine is made by the Roman Catholic Community of Benedictine monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, and distributed by J. Chandler & Co (Buckfast) Ltd of Andover. Mention of the wine was removed from the Abbey’s website at some point after July 2011.

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