Kirkcaldy funeral director launches Easter Egg appeal for charity and local kids
A Kirkcaldy funeral director has launched his annual Easter Egg Appeal to donate to additional needs charity, Nourish, and kids in the Gallatown area.
Ian and Jan Johnston, owners of Ian Johnston Funeral Directors, have been running the appeal for several years, and have so far provided 1000s of chocolate eggs to kids in one of the most deprived areas in Scotland.
Figures from the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2020 ranked the Gallatown area of Kirkcaldy in the top 10 per cent of most deprived areas in the country, with more than 70 per cent of children estimated to be living in poverty.
Ian and Jan started their Easter appeal in 2016 after opening their business and witnessing first-hand the problems in the area.
Ian said: “We have launched our appeal this week for Nourish and the kids in Gallatown and the surrounding area, and so far over 100 eggs have been donate. This year is looking to be a great success.
"We run the appeal with the Gallatown Gala and Community Group to do what we can to support families in the area.
"When we first opened our business, the group made us aware of the levels of deprivation in the area, so we thought it was only right to try to help people who may be having a tough time.
"This year we will also be supporting Nourish again as the work it does for families with additional needs is absolutely amazing.”
Ian understands what life is like for families who suffer from poverty as he himself faced hardship.
"When I was growing up, life was tough,” he said. “We never had much, so I understand what it is like for these families.
"Over the years our Easter and Christmas appeals have really snowballed. We’ve given out 1000s of eggs at Easter, and our Christmas appeal last year saw people in Kirkcaldy donate the most they have done so far.
"The whole point of our appeals is to bring some happiness to the kids in the area - it’s not their fault that they suffer from poverty.
"We want to do anything that we can to bring a little bit of positivity in these tough times.”