Lanarkshire Autism Project Receives £2,000 from STV Children’s Appeal

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Community project REACH Lanarkshire Autism has received £2,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal, boosting financial support for the local service.

REACH Lanarkshire Autism works across North and South Lanarkshire to support children and young people affected by autism, and their siblings, by offering a range of activities including music therapy, swimming lessons, sports and teen groups.

The organisation also provides an extensive support network, enabling families to access a wealth of information and support from other parents.

Kim Jones, Chair of REACH Lanarkshire Autism, said: “REACH is extremely grateful for the grant of £2,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal. The grant will go a long way in helping us to provide new classes for families who may be struggling to attend our current activities due to low income and the complex needs of their children. It will enable us to provide these classes at a much-reduced cost to families without jeopardising the level of support for the children.

“We also hope these sessions will provide some much-needed respite for parents and carers. We would like to take this opportunity to thank STV Children’s Appeal for the donation.”

Since launching in 2011, the STV Children's Appeal has raised over £16.3 million, with 964 big and small grants awarded 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 REACH Lanarkshire Autism 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 REACH Lanarkshire Autism 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 natalie.wright@stv.tv.