Leuchars Station hosts launch of Armed Forces kids project

The Royal Caledonian Education Trust (RCET). 
Early Years Resources Project at Leuchars Community Centre. 
L to R, Ian Folks (71 Engineer Regiment), Isabella McGregor (3yrs old), Moira Leslie (RCET) and Eswen Smith (3 yrs old).
The Royal Caledonian Education Trust (RCET). Early Years Resources Project at Leuchars Community Centre. L to R, Ian Folks (71 Engineer Regiment), Isabella McGregor (3yrs old), Moira Leslie (RCET) and Eswen Smith (3 yrs old).

Young children from Armed Forces communities in north east Fife are set to benefit from a new early years project with the help of a St Andrews charity.

A £3000 donation by St Andrews-based, the New Park Educational Trust (NPET) has facilitated the purchase of eight boxes equipped with books, toys and games to help young children from Armed Forces communities cope with feelings of loss and anxiety during times of separation.

Lt Col Ian Foulkes, Matthew Middleton, Victoria Wooton, Donna McCarney at the launch of the Forces Kids boxes at Leuchars Station.

Lt Col Ian Foulkes, Matthew Middleton, Victoria Wooton, Donna McCarney at the launch of the Forces Kids boxes at Leuchars Station.

The early years resources, which were unveiled at an event at Leuchars Community Centre on May 4 will be distributed to local authorities across Scotland for loan to schools and communities.

Col Martin Passmore, chairman of the NPET, said: “The New Park Educational Trust is delighted to be able to support the RCET initiative to enhance early years resources. Such an important project could make a significant difference to a number young people and the New Park Educational Trust congratulates the Royal Caledonian Education Trust on all the really good work that it is doing.”

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Foulkes said: “We are delighted to work with the RCET to access these materials at Leuchars Station. Our community members will be provided with resources to support the youngest members of Armed Forces families. We have great working relationships with nurseries, schools and other community groups in the area and these resources can only serve to enhance these partnerships. We are grateful to the RCET for this opportunity.”