A project set up to support young people in Rothesay and Dunoon with housing, employment and life skills has received a further funding boost this week.
The HELP Project received £2,000 from the STV Appeal to support the the organisation’s activities programme, which includes sessions on healthy eating and parenting.
Janet K. MacKellar, manager of HELP, said: “I am delighted that the STV Appeal has once again supported the work of HELP. This funding will allow us to develop our programmes to support young vulnerable people.”
Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “The third year of the STV Appeal has been our most successful yet. With the help of our generous supporters and fantastic fundraising efforts taking place right across Scotland we have now raised over £5.8m. The money donated to the STV Appeal stays right here in Scotland and will help make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people on our doorstep.”
The STV Appeal award is not the first to make its way to HELP this year: the project also received £5,000 from the Clydesdale Bank’s Spirit of the Community scheme in August and a major grant of almost £400,000 last month from the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Investing in Communities’ - Life Transitions programme.
As well as individual donations, the STV Appeal has numerous corporate supporters, among them Webhelp UK in Scotland, whose contact centre staff in Rothesay, whose fund-raising efforts this year have included a sponsored leg-wax and a table-top sale.
Bute also featured in broadcaster and adventurer Mark Beaumont’s Highland Line challenge in aid of the appeal, in which the presenter of the ‘Cycling the Americas’ TV series swam and ran from Arran to Aberdeen in June to raise funds for the cause.