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Posted February 4, 2015

Fresh Start receives £2000 from STV Appeal


Fresh Start is delighted to announce we have received £2000 from the STV Appeal 2014.

For many people who have been homeless and have lost everything, Fresh Start's Starter Packs of essential household items provide a real lifeline in the early days of a new tenancy.  Last year the charity created 10,973 packs to help over 2000 new households, helping to make a huge difference to the quality of people’s lives in their new home. The grant from the STV Appeal will be used to help Fresh Start increase the number of packs it produces and delivers in 2015.

The STV Appeal is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and young people living in poverty in Scotland.  Across the country, 220,000 children live in poverty and figures from the Campaign to End Child Poverty* show that in Edinburgh it’s actually 21.1% of children.  Fresh Start is one of the projects the STV Appeal is supporting in Edinburgh.

Since launch in 2011, the STV Appeal has raised over £8.2 million with 297 big and small grants distributed to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 37,000 children. The money raised is distributed to provide practical help like food and warm clothes; create opportunities for training and employability; and enable social and emotional support for those who need it most.

Keith Robertson, managing director at Fresh Start, said: “These packs help to relieve the financial burden and initial stress that many new tenants face, especially when providing for households with children.”

Thank you from everyone at Fresh Start to the STV Appeal and their donors and fundraisers for their help in making a difference to the lives of families moving into a home after the stress and trauma of homelessness.

*Source: End Child Poverty, http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/why-end-child-poverty/poverty-in-your-area