Funding for drop-in service

Lorraine Kelly fronted the appeal.
Lorraine Kelly fronted the appeal.

A drop-in service for youngsters in Friockheim has received a £2,000 funding boost from the STV Appeal.

The Friockheim Drop-In, for children aged eight to 16, takes place every Wednesday in the village’s church hall in Friockheim. The project aims to give children somewhere to go in the village that is warm and safe where they can meet up with their friends to socialise.

The club was set up in 2012 when some of the young people in the village decided that it would be a good idea to have somewhere for local children from the village and surrounding area to meet, and is run by adult volunteers and older children.

Heather Reid, treasurer, said: “We are extremely grateful for this very generous donation and would like to thank the STV Appeal.

“The money we have been given will enable us to install broadband in the hall, purchase a new table tennis table and snooker table as well as buy some new games and a music docking station.

“This grant is very much appreciated and will help sustain the drop-in centre. At the moment we have between 10-15 children coming along each week, and we feel that the children have really benefited from having this opportunity.”

Since its 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 provides practical help and social and emotional support for those who need it.