University of Strathclyde brings seasonal smiles to CrossReach Daisy Chain

Thank you to Iain Mitchell and team from the University of Strathclyde for once again, delivering an array of exciting Christmas packages for the children at our Daisy Chain Early Years Project in Govanhill.

Students from the Strathclyde Business School work with Annette Street Primary School in Govanhill as part of the University’s Social Responsibility Pathway (a core element of the
Management Development Programme ) and have been involved with fundraising for the school for several years.

Inspired by the cultural vibrancy of the school and moved by some of the circumstances represented by the pupils, the University was happy to take up the challenge in 2016 of providing Christmas presents for all the pupils in Primary 1 to Primary 3. From this, the Strathclyde Christmas Toy Appeal was born.

Donations of toys were dropped off at the University’s library and the team collected, sorted and wrapped them before delivering the precious parcels.

Over 1000 presents were donated during the 2016 campaign. This was more than enough for all the pupils in Annette Street and allowed the University to give gifts to several other local schools, nurseries and charities working with children. Now in its third year, the Christmas Toy Appeal is going from strength to strength and our Daisy Chain Project is one of the recipients.

Iain Mitchell, who runs the Social Responsibility Pathway said: "We are always overwhelmed by the generosity of Strathclyde's staff and students and how the University comes together at this time of year to support its local community. It's a wonderful experience for our students to do something so positive to support the wonderful organisations who support children living in more difficult circumstances in Glasgow."

Liann Weir, managing co-ordinator of Daisy Chain shared:

"We are absolutely delighted to receive these gifts on behalf of families at Daisy Chain Early Years Project. As we all know, Christmas can be an expensive and stressful time of  year, but within Glasgow we see significant numbers of families living in poverty, depending on food banks and other supports just to get by. Donations such as this make sure that despite the challenges families are experiencing in their daily lives, they can share some happy moments together."

Thank you to everyone involved for making this possible.

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