Scotland’s Theme Park has teamed up with local children’s charity, Clyde1 and Clyde 2 Cash for Kids to raise £25,000.
M&D’s has partnered with the charity to help raise funds to buy a holiday home for Kinship Carers to use 52 weeks of the year for respite.
Kinship carers can be grandparents, older siblings or other wider family members or friends that provide care and protection, often at very little notice, for children who can no longer live with their parents.
M&D’s will host a unique Cash for Kids day in association with Radio Clyde at the theme park tomorrow (Saturday) when visitors to the theme park will be able to enjoy an extra special day full of surprises to help raise the £25,000 target.
To take part in M&D’s fundraising day, visitors to M&D’s must be in the queue before 2pm to receive their free wristband* in exchange for a donation to Cash for Kids.
Throughout the day there will be a host of activities including a Cash for Kids BBQ from 1-2.30pm in the beer garden area where some of Radio Clyde’s presenters will be serving plates of tasty food for a donation of £5 to Cash for Kids.
Then at 3pm there will be the chance to dunk some of Clyde’s favourite presenters by throwing wet sponges at them to knock them off their perch into a huge tub of icy water in return for a donation to Cash for Kids.
South Lanarkshire provost Eileen Logan will be on hand to update visitors on the total raised from the day so far.
At 5pm, visitors to the Theme Park will be able to watch the Duck Race at Moby’s Revenge, with commentary from two Clyde Presenters and North Lanarkshire provost Jim Robertson who will be announcing the winners and giving a final total for all monies raised from the day.
Scotland’s brand new boy band, Supanova will also be performing at the Theme Park on the day.
Harris Hiscoe from the band, said: “We are so pleased to be doing our bit to help Cash for Kids. We are really looking forward to playing at M&D’s and the best thing about it is that all the money raised stays in the west of Scotland.”
Teams from across the M&D’s group have pulled together a calendar of events to reach the total of £25,000 before the target date of the end of December 2013.
Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 Cash for Kids has raised millions of pounds, since 1980, for vulnerable children and young people in the west of Scotland who are suffering from abuse or neglect, who are disabled and have special needs, or who simply need extra care and guidance.
One event that has been organised by M&D’s is a Vegas night on Friday, November 8, in the Alona Banqueting Suite.
Entertainment on the night will include a live band, a performance from a local dance troupe as well as special performances from well-known artists.
Tickets are £20 each and £10 from each ticket will go straight to Cash for Kids.
Guests attending this event will also be able to try their luck at the roulette tables and will be able to buy £50 worth of chips for £20, with all proceeds from the chips going to Cash for Kids.
Matthew Taylor, managing director of M&D’s, said: “We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Clyde 1 and Clyde 2 Cash for Kids.
“The charity does fantastic work across the west of Scotland and the kinship carers really struck a chord with the team here.
“We are confident that the events that the staff have planned for the next few months, as well as our special Cash for Kids day at the theme park, will raise the necessary £25,000.”
Debbie Fraser, regional charity manager for Clyde 1 Clyde 2 Cash for Kids, added: “This is a wonderful gesture by our friends at M&D’s.
“Kinship Carers, who are usually grandparents or older siblings, live under extreme pressure caring for young children, very often with little financial support or basic resources that most people take for granted.
“A holiday home that provides a chance to get away from the day-to-day stress and environment they live in will make a huge difference to the lives of the young children and the Kinship Carers.”