Fans of an ice hockey team are being urged to back an appeal for Christmas gifts that can be given to disadvantaged children and teenagers.

Glasgow Clan is organising a collection for Renfrewshire Toy Bank at their game against Belfast Giants at Braehead Arena on Friday, December 1.

The charity is desperately in need of new toys, such as selection boxes, board games, books, arts and crafts activities and sets of new pyjamas.

The Clan will set up a collection point for new donations outside the entrance to the Braehead Ice Centre, next to Costa Coffee in the lower mall, between 5pm and 7pm when the game starts and at the Clan Official Supporters Club table in the Braehead Arena foyer between match periods.

Downloads and streams of The Clan's charity Christmas single Clantastic Christmas are also raising money for the Renfrewshire Toy Bank. 

Visit to buy the single and a B-side with messages from all the Clan players to fans.

Lauren Roy-Sutherland, founder of Renfrewshire Toy Bank, revealed that this year there is a particular shortage of toys for girls, babies and teenagers.

She said: "We appreciate there's a cost of living crisis, but if Clan fans can donate whatever toys or gifts they can we'd be very grateful. 

"Everyone who donates will be like a secret Santa to a child or a young person."

Gareth Chalmers, managing director of the Glasgow Clan, said: "The Purple Army are well-known for their generosity and I'm sure there will be lots of donations for a very worthwhile charity.

"The toys and gifts will go directly to children and young people this Christmas. 

"Times are difficult for so many, so we're doing our little part to spread more festive cheer for young ones and their families."