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Three charities receive SAMW support

The children’s charity, NSPCC Scotland; Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and the cancer care organisation, Maggie’s Centres, have each been given £1750 by the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW).

SAMW members and supporters raised a total of £5250 during a charity auction at the Association’s annual conference and dinner in Glasgow earlier this year, enabling the individual donations to be presented to the chosen organisations.

(l-r) Ian Anderson, Valerie Busher (Maggie’s Centres), Alan McNaughton, Susie Barron (NSPCC Scotland) & George Grierson (CHSS).

“This is a long-standing SAMW tradition and we’re delighted to be able to once again make a contribution to the work of three such important charities,” said Association president, Alan McNaughton.

NSPCC Scotland

Susie Barron, Community Fundraising Manager for NSPCC Scotland, said that £1750 covered the cost of being able to answer over 435 calls to ChildLine, which continues to be a vital part of their work.

“We want to bring an end to the devastating effect that child abuse has on children, their families, communities and society,” she said. “We estimate that over 200,000 children in Scotland have experienced abuse by the time they are 18, yet only 2,500 children are on child protection registers. This means much child abuse is going undetected and unaddressed. We’re very grateful therefore for this very generous gift from SAMW.”

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

George Grierson, Corporate Development Manager, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, commented: “This generous donation will have a real impact on our ability to continue supporting those affected by chest, heart and stroke illness across Scotland and we’re extremely grateful to SAMW for their efforts on our behalf. Stroke is the major cause of disability throughout communities affecting over 100,000 people while almost as many Scots are affected by chronic chest illness and almost 250,000 are living with heart disease.”

Maggie’s Centres

Valerie Busher, Community Development Manager for Scotland, Maggie’s Centres, who accepted the donation on behalf of the charity’s centre in Dundee, commented: “We will be using the money to support the many cancer patients and their families who come into the centre for support during their visits to Ninewells Hospital for treatments. Many thanks to everyone involved in raising this much needed donation.”