29 May 2018
Community project MCR Pathways in Glasgow has received £100,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal. STV’s Jennifer Reoch and David Farrell visited the project to present the cheque to Founder and CEO Iain MacRitchie.
MCR Pathways recruits and trains mentors to support disadvantaged young people. Now established in all Glasgow secondary schools, the organisation’s mentors help care-experienced young people find, grow and use their talents through education.
MCR Pathway’s vision is that every care experienced and disadvantaged young person in Glasgow, and Scotland, will get the same education outcomes and career opportunities as every other young person.
Iain MacRitchie, Founder and CEO of MCR Pathways, said: “The STV Children’s Appeal investment has been fantastic for MCR Pathways. Not only has it helped us to support our most disadvantaged young people, it has helped us expand the programme into every secondary in Glasgow.
“We are now committed to ultimately reach every disadvantaged young person across the country to ensure they are defined by their talent and potential and never their circumstances.”
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 MCR Pathways 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 MCR Pathways 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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