East Lothian businesses fundraise to help keep vulnerable children safe

To mark Childhood Day East Lothian’s local business network group is raising cash for NSPCC Scotland.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 12:30 pm

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Fundraising activities include a pop-up stall on the grounds of Cockenzie House and Gardens and an online raffle hosted by the local business networking group, Berwick Law BNI.

Award-winning East Lothian florist Sue Smillie has donated a bouquet of designer flowers to the raffle. And the Royal Musselburgh Golf Course has donated a golf cap signed by Scottish Open winner Bernd Wiesberger alongside a round of golf for four.

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Linda Hamilton, community fundraising manager for NSPCC Scotland, dressed as Pantosaurus, NSPCC’s mascot.

All the proceeds raised go directly to the NSPCC in Scotland, which protects the country's most vulnerable young people.

Local businesswoman Julie Gilchrist, who owns Daynan Designs Jewellery said as a mother herself she was happy to help raise funds.

She said: “Having children of my own, I’m so aware of how the last year has had an effect on young people’s mental health. It’s so important that all children, particularly those who are going through difficulties, can have somewhere they can turn to so that they can speak to someone about their concerns and worries.

“The lockdowns of the last year have meant that there has been less fundraising, so we’re more than happy to support the charity and do our part and try to raise some money so that services like Childline can continue to run.”

Linda Hamilton, community fundraising manager for NSPCC Scotland has thanked the East Lothian business network for their hard work.

She said: “Julie and the rest of the group have been great and risen to the challenge of raising vital funds for us.

“The group are very passionate about keeping children safe, and the money raised will go towards helping children around Scotland.

“Over the past year, so many fundraising activities and events have been cancelled or postponed and without the help of local volunteer fundraisers we couldn’t continue to be there for children.If you’d like to raise money this Childhood Day, get in touch with me on [email protected]

Adults concerned about a child can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email [email protected] Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111.

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