Children’s appeal boost for Ayrshire project

Aspire2gether in Ayr has received £2,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal to boost financial support for the local project.

The charity supports and empowers people across the three Ayrshire Local Authority areas to sustain their tenancies, improve their quality of life, and increase their confidence and motivation so that they can move forward into volunteering, learning, training or employment.

Nicola Young, Service Manager for Aspire2gether said, “By receiving money from the STV Children’s Appeal we were able to help service users with children buy good quality clothes and shoes for the winter, prams and bedding, and Christmas presents. The money from the STV Children’s Appeal therefore helped service users who struggled to provide for their children.”

Since launch in 2011, the STV Children’s Appeal has raised £11 million with 476 big and small grants distributed to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 59,000 children. 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.

Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “All the money donated to the STV Children’s Appeal remains in Scotland and will help bring about positive changes to the lives of vulnerable children and young people on our doorstep. With the help of the extraordinary fundraising efforts taking place in communities across the country we are able to support projects like Aspire2gether that help improve the lives of children in Scotland. We are extremely grateful to everyone who supports the STV Children’s Appeal.”

Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “Through the Appeal our singular ambition is to deliver sustainable solutions to end child poverty. It is simply unacceptable in modern Scotland to still have young people debilitated by poverty through no fault of their own. Thanks to this project and many more, the people of Scotland are doing their level best to combat poverty.

“This is about communities coming together and with a hand up, not a hand out, from the STV Appeal, helping themselves deliver sustainable solutions to end child poverty.”

Sir Ian Wood, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “The generosity of the people in Scotland who provide such great support to the STV Children’s Appeal is always incredibly encouraging and heart-warming. It is deeply concerning that there continues to be a significant requirement across Scotland for this financial support.

However, I do believe that the £2.9million raised this year will make a significant contribution to eradicating the issue of child poverty in Scotland. Throughout my working life I travelled a lot seeing an obvious divide between the haves and the have-nots around the world, and to know that this is also happening on our doorstep is deeply concerning. Everyone has a role to play in reducing the alarming child poverty statistics.”

If you’re an individual or group that would like to get involved with the STV Children’s Appeal and help raise funds for children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland, please get in touch with Natalie Wright at