THE MORAY CHARITY that has given fantastic support to families who have suffered or are suffering from domestic violence has received a funding boost from an official Christmas card.
Moray’s Parliamentary Office for Angus Robertson MP and Richard Lochhead MSP organised their annual competition at local schools for a Christmas card design – and sought backing from local businesses.
The 2015 card, designed by 11-year-old Alanna Pick from Greenwards Primary School, raised £1300 – and that was handed over at the weekend to Moray Women’s Aid at their Marleon House base in Elgin.
Accepting the cheque was Elle Johnston, who is the charity’s services manager. She said: “The sum we have received is immense for a small organisation such as ours – we support around 150 children each year and the money will go towards essentials such as school jumpers and books.
“If children are relocated to a different school because of abuse in the home, then having a jumper to help fit in can make a real difference. Often at this time of the year we receive calls from women who have run out of money and have no electricity, so the funds can help with that too.”
It was the largest donation yet made by the parliamentary office’s annual Christmas Card, prompting Angus Robertson to comment: “I’m delighted that Moray Women’s Aid are receiving the benefit and we are grateful to local businesses who sponsored the initiative.”