Government pledge to donate to STV Appeal

The STV Appeal, which awarded a grant to The Attic last year, is set to benefit from a £1 million donation from the Scottish Government.

The appeal raised £2.5 million last year. Over the past three years the appeal has been running, thousands of disadvantaged children across Scotland have benefitted from the money raised.

The First Minister, Alex Salmond, has announced that in 2014, the Scottish Government will continue to contribute up to £1 million to the amount raised by the STV Appeal.

So far, the Scottish Government has donated £2,650,000 to the STV Appeal.

Mr Salmond said: “Our ambition is to make Scotland the best place in the world for children to grow up.

“It is absolutely disgraceful that 220,000 children in Scotland live in poverty. That is why we must do all that we can help those in need.

“This is the fourth year that the Scottish Government has supported the STV Appeal. I am incredibly proud to have been personally involved with the Appeal for those years and STV, along with their partners, have raised millions to help children and young people affected by poverty.”

“We know that the STV Appeal makes a real difference to the lives of young people. Every single penny raised stays in Scotland and goes directly to those young people who most need it and is making a real difference to many lives.”