MSP puts up mo­tion prais­ing char­ity

The Oban Times - - News -

A HIGH­LAND MSP has ap­plauded the ef­forts of Chris­tian char­ity Blythswood Care af­ter the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s shoe box ap­peal passed the two mil­lion mile­stone.

Kate Forbes MSP put up a par­lia­men­tary mo­tion at Holy­rood wel­com­ing the news, which has been backed by more than 20 MSPs from var­i­ous par­ties.

Thou­sands of peo­ple across Scot­land have con­trib­uted gifts to Blythswood Care’s an­nual shoe box ap­peal since the scheme launched back in 1993.

It was re­cently an­nounced that a 10-year- old boy with spe­cial needs, liv­ing in a vil­lage in Ro­ma­nia, had be­come the two-mil­lionth per­son to re­ceive a gift box from the ap­peal.

This year the shoe boxes have also reached needy peo­ple in Al­ba­nia, Bul­garia, Hun­gary, Kosovo, Moldova, Ser­bia, Ukraine and Pak­istan.

Ms Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Bade­noch, said: ‘Al­though born and based in the High­lands, Blythswood Care has had a far-reach­ing im­pact across the world.’

Blythswood Care chief ex­ec­u­tive James Camp­bell added: ‘I have seen how happy th­ese boxes make the peo­ple who re­ceive them.

‘They are so sur­prised to re­ceive a present from some­one who doesn’t even know them.

‘It amazes me that each year so many peo­ple put such care into pre­par­ing the shoe boxes for us to distribute to peo­ple in great need.’

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