Families in Scotland are facing hardships this winter as the cost of living continues to rise. Aberlour Children’s Charity, which provides emergency cash grants to struggling families, is running dangerously low on funds and may run out by Christmas. Nearly half of the families who apply for assistance don’t know where their next meal is coming from, while over 50% need clothing for their children. The charity is urging donations to its Poverty Relief Appeal to help vulnerable families in Scotland access essential resources.
In a separate initiative, Beatson Cancer Charity has launched its Bauble Appeal to support more cancer patients and their families across the west of Scotland. Paolo Lizzeri, a cancer survivor who has been diagnosed three times in the last six years, is helping to promote the appeal. The charity is calling on individuals to request a bauble or leave a digital message to support cancer patients in need.
Cancer Research UK is also launching a fundraising challenge called the Big Hike, which will take place in The Trossachs national park in May 2024. The event offers various distances to accommodate participants of all fitness levels. The charity is encouraging people to sign up and raise funds to support life-saving research and help beat cancer.
The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow is celebrating its 40th year of providing gold-standard palliative care. The hospice offers a range of services to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. It requires over £3 million to be fundraised annually to continue its operations and is inviting individuals to support its work through various means, including volunteering, participating in fundraising events, or making a financial donation.
Lastly, Quarriers is supporting hundreds of young people aged 16-25 who find themselves homeless this winter. The charity is calling for donations to provide gifts and essential items for homeless youth in Glasgow. Many young people have been forced to choose between staying warm or having enough food to eat. Contributions can make a significant difference and help young individuals transition to brighter futures.
Overall, these charities are seeking support to address urgent needs and provide assistance to vulnerable individuals and families in Scotland.