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14 April 2020
The Scottish Children’s Lottery has granted funding immediately to help the most vulnerable families impacted by COVID-19. £205k has been donated in total - One Parent Families Scotland and FareShare have received £100k each and £5k has been donated to the Orkney Foodbank.
Since it was launched in 2016, the generosity of players has helped the Lottery raise more than £5m for children and young people across Scotland – a terrific milestone which was reached just this month.
Kenneth Barclay, Chair of The Scottish Children’s Lottery, said: “There is an immediate requirement to help vulnerable families across Scotland with the most basic of needs at this difficult time. We’ve chosen to grant emergency funding to three charities who are working tirelessly to support families across the country: FareShare, One Parent Families Scotland and Orkney Foodbank, all of whom are truly making a difference to those who need it most. Every time someone plays the Scottish Children’s Lottery they help children and young people, and we’d like thank our players – this money will truly make a difference to the lives of so many.”
Gillian Kynoch, Head of FareShare said: “We support a network of over 1400 organisations from Lerwick to Dumfries and our teams are working hard to distribute food to charities that are engaging with vulnerable people every single day. Currently our ‘landscape’ is changing rapidly to meet the new circumstances and a great deal of our provision will be converted into food parcels to support children and families at home. This is demanding a new army of community based action to coordinate local distribution points and volunteers to undertake the door to door distribution. We’re delighted to receive funding from the Scottish Children’s Lottery, which will help us all rise to what is the biggest challenge we have ever faced.”