THEY'VE travelled the length and breadth of Europe in hope of football glory but a group of Scotland fans have netted a winner for the NHS.

Members of the Crossgates Tartan Army have put any disappointment at being denied the chance to cheer on the national side to Euro 2020 by raising £620 to buy key items for Victoria Hospital's ICU ward.

After beginning with a sweepstake on last month's virtual Grand National, the group then organised a football card to add more cash to the pot, which has purchased two Amazon Fire 7 tablets for patients to stay in touch with their loved ones; and up to 100 hand creams, as well as two Tassimo coffee machines with 400 pods, for staff.

Crossgates Tartan Army's Cameron Walker led the fundraising plans, and said: "For the Grand National, we usually do a sweepstake anyway so when we saw there would be a virtual one, we thought we'd do that.

"A couple of the guys' partners work in the NHS, and we hoped to raise £100 or whatever. We asked Ross Bennet, who does a brilliant job with the Crossgates Together page, if we could pop it on there for anyone who wanted to join.

"The people in Crossgates really got behind it, and we sold it twice over. There were 40 runners but 80 people said they wanted in!

"The winners said to put the money towards the NHS so we started off pretty well and thought it would be pretty good to get £500. We got football scratchcards and, again, people were brilliant and bought them up.

"I never thought we'd get £620 and it feels really good to support people that need it most.

"It's brilliant to come from a village like that. We're very proud to go to the football with Crossgates on our sleeves."

After speaking to NHS staff, the group put the money towards items that they said would make a difference, and they were set to be delivered last week.

Paul Laidlaw, club secretary, added: "We have a proud history in the Crossgates Tartan Army of making charitable donations in the village.

"The club was all geared up for the (Euro 2020) play-off semi-final against Israel at Hampden, and we were booked for the final away match against Norway or Serbia but CV19 put a stop to our plans.

"All credit to Cameron Walker for coming up with the idea, running the fundraisers and organising the equipment for the ICU ward at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy. Two of our members' partners are actually working in nursing and hygiene control at the ICU ward so the fundraising became even more significant to CTA."