Highland Council staff and members dig deep for charity this festive season
23rd December 2019
Big-hearted Highland Council staff and members have dug deep into their pockets at an already expensive time of year to help two important charities in the region.
Staff at Highland Council headquarters have been fundraising for the Highland Hospice through a charity raffle, coffee morning and staff pantomime. From those events they managed to raise an incredible £6868.51.
A number of council offices also took part in the MFR Cash For Kids Mission Christmas Appeal and staff and members donated hundreds of gifts, which will be given to disadvantaged children in Highland, Moray and Aberdeenshire.
Around 5,578 children will each receive gifts of up to the value of £50 this Christmas thanks to the Inverness-based radio station's annual fundraiser. And thanks to donations from Highland communities 4,966 gifts will go to children in Highland.
Highland Council Chief Executive Donna Manson said: "We are so proud of our staff and members who have not only donated a large number of gifts to the MFR Mission Christmas appeal, but also donated a huge total to the Highland Hospice.
"We know how expensive this time of year can be and people's generosity particularly at this time is incredible. We also know the Festive Season is not a happy time for everyone, but I hope the generosity of our staff, members and our communities will provide some Christmas cheer for those less fortunate."
Lyndsay Rose, Charity Manager, MFR Cash for Kids, said: "No matter what you've done you have played your part in making Christmas special for children in our community. Your donations are so much more than gifts to these children, they give them hope, a confidence boost and allow them to have something to talk about when they go back to school in January.
"It's thanks to you that we have been able to honour every single application we received and there are currently sacks of gifts being delivered to 5578 children across the Highlands, Moray and Aberdeenshire."
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