22 May 2018
Glasgow project The Bridges Partnership, run by children’s charity Aberlour, has received £50,790 from the STV Children’s Appeal.
STV’s Laura Boyd visited the project to present the cheque and meet with some of its service users and staff, joined by representatives from solicitors Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie, a supporter of the Appeal.
The Bridges Partnership helps women in Glasgow escape domestic abuse, giving women and children a fresh start and helping them to recover from a traumatic past.
The project works in partnership with Shelter and Glasgow Housing Association to give families all they need to move on, while providing emotional, practical and therapeutic support throughout.
Laura Boyd said: “I had a great morning visiting The Bridges Partnership and learning about the incredibly important work they do with families and children in the North of Glasgow – very close to where I grew up. Hearing first-hand from one of the mothers about the support she has received from the charity reinforced the importance of the Appeal to me and how the money raised can really help change the lives of children in Scotland for the better.”
Gemma Barnett, Project Performance Manager of The Bridges Partnership, said: ‘The generous support of STV Children’s Appeal will enable us to be there for women and children who have experienced domestic abuse and who may have nowhere else to turn. We will provide therapeutic and practical support whilst finding them a safe place to live. On their behalf, thank you to everyone who has raised money for STV Children’s Appeal.”
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 The Bridges Partnership 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 Aberlour 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."
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