The grant from STV Appeal will support Yorkhill’s Extended Admissions Fund, which provides financial assistance to low income families with children who are long-term patients at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
The £40,000 donation is entirely funded by the money raised by Mark Beaumont in 2013, when he completed a gruelling cross-Scotland fundraising challenge for STV Appeal. Pushing himself to the limit, Mark ran and swam the 230 miles from Arran to Aberdeen in only 10 days, raising a total of over £96,000.
Mark Beaumont said: “Yorkhill Children’s Charity helped me when I was a sick baby and I have been back in touch with their amazing team in recent years to see and support their priceless work.
“The Highland Line challenge, running and swimming across Scotland, was absolutely brutal, but I was kept going by the thousands of people who came out to take part with me, cheer me on and most importantly sponsor me. I am so, so delighted that I am able to come back to Yorkhill to present such a big cheque, which comes with love from the Scottish public who got behind the STV Appeal.”
Shona Cardle, Chief Executive at Yorkhill Children’s Charity said: “We are incredibly grateful to the STV Appeal for this very generous grant. Having a child in hospital for a long time is an extremely difficult and stressful time for any family, but it can be particularly challenging for those parents and guardians on lower incomes.
“Yorkhill Children’s Charity, Extended Admissions Fund helps to support parents and families who would otherwise struggle to afford accommodation, travel, childcare and basic living costs while their child is in hospital, or through attending regular appointments. This very generous funding will help to support the most vulnerable in society, and we are very grateful for STV Appeal’s support.”
One in five children in Scotland lives in poverty - a shocking 220,000 children across the country. So far the STV Appeal has raised over £5.6 million with 198 big and small grants distributed to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 29,000 children.
Now in its fourth year, the STV Appeal is determined to make an even bigger difference in the lives of children and young people living in poverty in Scotland. 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.
The STV Appeal 2014 is now well underway with an exciting line-up of fundraising activities planned for the year ahead.
Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Appeal, said: "The STV Appeal is for Scotland by Scotland's people who truly have stepped up to support our work in trying to beat the horror that is child poverty here in Scotland. This is a long haul but at the end of the day we can and we will eradicate the impacts poverty has on Scotland's young people. Every single penny we raise goes directly to tackling the issue of child poverty across all of Scotland, something I'm really proud of."
Picture caption: Picture shows Mark Beaumont with five year old Dylan Kennedy from Dumbarton at Yorkhill.
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