Larkhall Community Project Awarded £2,000 From STV Children's Appeal

Picture shows (L-R): Liz Law, Jean Grenfell and Terry Paterson from Larkhall Community Growers, and Helen Thain and Douglas McArthur from Asset Alliance, with children visiting the community garden.

30 January 2019

Larkhall Community Growers has received £2,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal to support its work with children in the local community.

The project supports local children and their families by delivering children's programmes to primary schools and nurseries, and allowing children to play and learn about animals and insects in the project's wildlife gardens in Harleeshill.

Terry Paterson, Project Manager at Larkhall Community Growers, said: "The provision of STV Children’s Appeal money will allow us to recourse more activities for the children visiting the garden in Hareleeshill and provide more playtime and activities for the families who are struggling to make ends meet.”

Representatives from Asset Alliance, one of the supporters of the STV’s Children’s Appeal, visited the project to meet some of the staff and children who will benefit from the funding.

Douglas McArthur, CFO of Asset Alliance, said: “We have very much enjoyed supporting the work of the STV Children’s Appeal over recent years and it was a pleasure to visit Larkhall Community Growers to find out more about how our fundraising makes a difference.

The children had a fabulous time making bird feeders to hang in the community garden. It is great to see first-hand how the work of the Appeal really does make a difference to young lives in local communities”

In eight years the STV Children's Appeal has raised over £19 million, with 1102 grants awarded to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland - providing much needed support to over 79,000 children and young people. 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: "Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts taking place across the country in 2018, the STV Children's Appeal is once again able to support projects that do hugely important work to help vulnerable children and young people across Scotland. A special thanks to everyone who has generously given their time and effort to raise funds over the past year - you are helping to make a real difference to the lives of Scotland's children."

Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: ““Change comes from individuals, communities and charities with the commitment and drive to make a difference to those most in need. We at the STV Children’s Appeal are delighted to support Larkhall Community Growers and want to reiterate our thanks to those who raised funds – every penny you raise goes straight to charities like these to make a real difference.”

Sir Ian Wood is a trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal. The Wood Foundation has supported the Appeal for six years, providing £900,000 to support projects and initiatives, which include a number across the North-east, addressing the causes and consequences of childhood poverty. He said:

“Childhood poverty is a deeply troubling reality impacting negatively upon the lives of tens of thousands of families across Scotland. Projects supported by the STV Children’s Appeal are making an incredible difference in tackling the root causes and alleviating the impact of childhood poverty while improving the life chances and experiences of young people who need support the most. The Appeal, which is generously supported by the public year after year, is one The Wood Foundation is proud to partner in delivering vital work for our young people.”

If you would like to help raise funds for Scotland’s children – as a group or an individual - please get in touch with Mari Slavin at mari.slavin@stv.tv.