£2000 boost for Cottage Centre

Pauline Buchan with donations of food last year
Pauline Buchan with donations of food last year

The Cottage Family Centre in Kirkcaldy has received a welcome £2000 cash boost to help with its annual Christmas appeal.

The centre, established in 1987, has been informed that it is to receive the funding from the STV appeal which will help it to continue to provide a range of support services to families and individuals who are vulnerable to social exclusion as a result of factors such as poverty, unemployment, poor housing, relationship breakdown, drug and alcohol problems and health related issues.

The money will be spent on providing food, toys and warm clothing during Christmas for families facing financial hardship.

Last year, thanks to the STV Appeal and local businesses, they were able to support over 300 children and their families.

The STV Appeal was set up in 2011 by STV and The Hunter Foundation and in 2013 the Wood Family Trust pledged its support.

Now in its third year, it has raised £5.8million which has been invested in 163 big and small community projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, helping over 18,000 children.

Pauline Buchan, service manager at the Cottage, said: “The grant from the STV Appeal will allow us to make a real difference to so many families living in the Kirkcaldy area. This year, due to changes to the welfare system and the growing costs of food and utilities, families are struggling more than ever.

“We are in now in our fourth year of supporting families at Christmas and each year, thanks to donations like those from the STV Appeal, we are able to do so much more.

“We are expecting a huge rise in the number of families in Kirkcaldy needing our help this Christmas, so any donations of non perishable food, warm clothing, new toys or cash will definitely be put to very good use, and we are very grateful to everyone for any donations they can make.”

Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “The third year of the appeal has been our most successful yet. The money donated stays right here in Scotland and will help make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people on our doorstep.”

Tom Hunter, a trustee, said: “This is a long haul but at the end of the day we can and we will eradicate the impact poverty has on Scotland’s young people. Every single penny we raise goes directly to tackling the issue of child poverty.”

Donations should be handed in at The Cottage Family Centre in Cawdor Crescent.