Community project The Ladybird Development Group, based in St Gerardine School in Lossiemouth, has received £2,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal.
Emma Murray from STV’s news team visited the project to present the cheque and meet with some of the children and staff.
The Ladybird Development Group supports children with additional support needs by providing therapy and education in a safe and stimulating environment, while allowing parents some valuable respite.
Andie Couper, Manager of The Ladybird Development, said: "The grant from the STV Children's Appeal will help us upgrade our garden and outdoor play area, making it safe and secure with new fencing and gates before we start working on new play equipment and a sensory garden. The children will benefit greatly from safely accessing the outdoor area, and this will be used on a daily basis. We are all very excited and looking forward to enhancing the children's experiences through offering more physical play, social and sensory experiences."
STV's Emma Murray said: "I had a wonderful morning at the Ladybird Development Group. It was great to meet the lovely pre-school children and see the amazing work going on in Lossiemouth.”
Since launching in 2011, the STV Children's Appeal has raised over £16.3 million, with 964 big and small grants distributed to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 67,000 children. The money raised is distributed to provide practical help like food and warm clothes, create opportunities for training and employability, and enable social and emotional support for those who need it most.
Baroness Margaret Ford, chair of the board of trustees for STV Children's Appeal, said: “The STV Children’s Appeal was established to help improve the quality of life of vulnerable children and young people across Scotland. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has fundraised and donated to this important cause – a special thanks for your ongoing support. All proceeds remain in Scotland which means we can support vital projects such as The Ladybird Development in our efforts to improve the lives of children across the country.”
Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “Driving positive change is down to individuals, communities and charities who can make the world of difference to those young people most in need. Sincerely I thank everyone who has raised money for the STV Children’s Appeal and can again confirm to every last one of you that every pound is being invested in charities like The Ladybird Development to the benefit of Scotland’s young people. You raise a pound, we give a pound; you make a difference, we support that difference.”
Sir Ian Wood, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: "With over 200,000 children and young people in Scotland now affected by child poverty, it remains deeply troubling that so many lives across our country are impacted and life choices affected. Without the continued support of the public the significant work carried out by the STV Children’s Appeal in providing support, help and opportunities for those who most need could not happen. We all must play our part, no matter how large or small, in reducing these shocking statistics and enabling families to take back some control of their situation."
If you would like to help raise funds for Scotland’s children – as a group or an individual - please get in touch with Natalie Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.