Kids unite at nursery to help out hos­pi­tal

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY JACK AITCHISON

KIND-HEARTED nursery kids have done their bit for char­ity and raised an amaz­ing £1927 in the process.

The chil­dren at Meik­le­wood Nursery in Go­van held a spon­sored walk, ob­sta­cle course and dance to raise the funds for the Beat­son Can­cer Char­ity and Glas­gow Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Char­ity.

The money raised by the nursery, which is based in Meik­le­wood Road, will be split be­tween the two char­i­ties.

Nursery man­ager Laura MacDonald said: “I am so proud of all our chil­dren and par­ents.

“They have done amaz­ing to raise that amount for char­ity.”

THERE are more than dou­ble the amount of food­banks than McDon­ald’s restau­rants in our city, re­search from the Glas­gow Times can re­veal.

The de­press­ing statis­tic is made worse by the fact that Glas­gow ranks as the UK’s third top city in third in terms of host­ing most branches from the US chain.

It trails only be­hind Lon­don and Birmingham, with a to­tal of 18 branches from the hugely pop­u­lar restau­rant within our city bound­aries.

But we have iden­ti­fied at least 52 sites in our city – mainly food­banks – pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial items to those in dire need.

Fif­teen of those are made up of Trus­sell Trust lo­ca­tions – a char­ity set up to end hunger and poverty in the UK.

Back in 2009, they only had one lo­ca­tion in Scot­land.

Trus­sell Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Emma Re­vie said: “Christ­mas is sup­posed to be a time of joy and cel­e­bra­tion – but for too many peo­ple it’s be­com­ing harder and harder to keep their heads above wa­ter.

“Nine in 10 of us be­lieve hunger in the UK is a prob­lem – food banks can­not and should not have to con­tinue to pick up the pieces.

“We know many peo­ple want to help their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties at this time of year.

“It’s not right that any­one should have to use a food bank at any time of year – not just at Christ­mas.

“Our next gov­ern­ment must start work­ing to­wards a fu­ture where no one needs a food­bank.

“It’s not in­evitable that ev­ery Christ­mas we hear sto­ries about fam­i­lies need­ing food banks.

“It’s in our power to reach a fu­ture where every­one has enough money for the ba­sics. This can change.”

As made clear in our map (an in­ter­ac­tive ver­sion of which is avail­able on Glas­gowTimes., much of the city’s

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