Space mis­sion gets launch at St Bride’s

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A parish­ioner at St Bride’s Church is ap­peal­ing for un­wanted clothes and items for chil­dren.

Fiona White has set up Space (Sup­port­ing Par­ents And Chil­dren Ev­ery­where) with the aim of get­ting both used and new clothes to young­sters that des­per­ately need them.

Fiona, who works as a teach­ing as­sis­tant in the East End of Glas­gow, held her first col­lec­tion at St Bride’s re­cently, with clothes be­ing dis­trib­uted to fam­i­lies with help from the Car­di­nal Win­ning Pro Life Ini­tia­tive.

In the fu­ture Fiona hopes that she will be able to dis­trib­ute the clothes to fam­i­lies as and when they are needed.

She said: “Af­ter my mar­riage broke up nine years ago I was re­ally strug­gling and it was folk at St Bride’s that helped me and my chil­dren.

“Folk were al­ways so gen­er­ous when I was strug­gling. I thought to my­self that I’d been lucky and peo­ple had been help­ing me so I’ve al­ways wanted to pay it for­ward.

“So I said to my hus­band this year that I wanted to do some­thing and I think he thought I was men­tal.

“I went to Fa­ther Mor­ton and we’ve got one of the church basements and the church hall to use for the clothes col­lec­tions.

“We got the word out at St Bride’s and the re­sponse was fan­tas­tic.”

Fiona now lives in Carmyle but pre­vi­ously lived in Cam­bus­lang for over 10 years.

She added: “It’s just a way of giv­ing back. I work at a school in the East End and you see fam­i­lies there who don’t have any­one to help them and hope­fully we can do that with Space.

“It’s going to work through a re­fer­ral ba­sis, where we’ll hear about peo­ple and hope­fully be able to help, so we might hear about a six-year-old and we’ll rally round.

“I’ll try and source it for them and we’ll look at things other than clothes like bug­gies, high chairs or toys.

“We got an aw­ful lot of stuff. We have two huge boxes and we’ve picked up another cou­ple of lots.

“We’re in the process of sort­ing out a sec­ond col­lec­tion

“We’ll be look­ing at help­ing new­borns to 12-year-olds.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit Face­book.com and search for Space Fam­ily Group.

Breath­ing spaceFiona White

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