STV news presenter Laura Miller visited Motherwell to present more than £230,000 to two organisations working to help children out of poverty.
The money was raised through the STV Appeal, a charity launched by STV and the Hunter Foundation, which donated more than £1.2m to organisations across the country.
Laura’s first stop was Action for Children at the former Motherwell Town Hall where she presented a cheque worth £171,717 for their Young Carers Projects which operate in North Lanarkshire and the Scottish Borders.
Paul Carberry, operational director of children’s services at Action for Children, said: “We aim to give young carers some time away from their responsibilities so that they can simply enjoy being a child.”
At the Dalziel Building One Parent Families Scotland got a cheque for £68,525 to aid their North Lanarkshire-based project, Transforming Lives.
This works with young lone parents and their children who have been in the care system or in families that lead chaotic lifestyles to ensure the child has the best start in life.
Linda Pople, of One Parent Families Scotland, said: “This funding will allow us to support around 30 young parents who, in this economic climate, are struggling to survive on benefits.”
Full story in November 10 edition of Times & Speaker