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Community spirit out in force again for Stirling Observer Give a Gift Appeal 2021

Children and young people across the Stirling Observer’s circulation area were greeted with toys and gifts from Santa on Christmas morning thanks to our annual Give A Gift Appeal

And here we feature just some of those who made it possible to put smiles on their faces as 2021 draws to a close.

The team at McLean & Stewart Solicitors in Dunblane pulled out all the stops once again.

Thanks to members of staff and clients they presented a treasure trove of items and gift vouchers to Observer representatives.

Angie Henderson from McLean and Stewart said: “We are delighted to contribute to such a fantastic appeal again this year and hope that Santa is good to all the families out there – Merry Christmas everyone.”

Likewise the busy team at BMI Kings Park Hospital gathered in a bumper collection of items to help those most in need over the festive season with boxes and bags galore.

Staff and management of Claire’s Accessories in The Thistles shopping centre are regular donors to the appeal and yet again presented a wonderful selection of items.

Assistant store manager Kirsty Campbell said: “We were very happy to donate items including stocking fillers, winter woolies, plush cuddlies and more.”

The staff at TK Maxx are also previous donors and once again collected toys to donate to the appeal.



The youngsters cared for by childminder Moira Kerr helped to raise £255 to buy toys for children less fortunate than themselves

Cambusbarron childminder Moira Kerr and the children she cares for once again raised funds with a bake sale in order to buy toys.

Moira, who has been a stalwart supporter of the appeal, and her young charges, raised an incredible £255 to buy toys and gifts.

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Stirling MP Alyn Smith also showed his support. As well as donating toys, he encouraged others to do the same, adding: “I’m very proud to support this toy appeal, and commend all the hard work and dedication shown by a whole range of local businesses, groups and volunteers. They’re Stirling at our best – looking out for each other, lending a helping hand, and going the extra mile to make someone’s Christmas.

“These donations will be put to good use. Thanks to the generosity of so many local people over the years, children have made special Christmas memories and that’s important now more than ever.”



Provost Christine Simpson came to see the appeal donations for herself, bringing some of her own

Stirling Provost Christine Simpson also donated and took the time to visit the local community hall – kindly offered for use by Stirling Council – where the toys and gifts were sorted and made ready for charity representatives to makes their choices.

Staff at Hillview Nursery also donated toys as did the Buchlyvie Primary School community and staff at the office of Scottish Seafarms.



The team at BMI Kings Park Hospital donated a host of goods for those in need over the festive season

The congregation of Vineyard Church also had a collection which representatives dropped off at the hall.

Staff at the FES Ltd offices at Pirnhall also donated four large packed boxes of toys.

Appeal coordinator, Observer reporter Kaiya Marjoribanks said: “People from all walks of life and of all ages in Stirling have yet again united in a massive show of community spirit for the appeal.

“Individuals, schools and businesses from across the Stirling admirably answered the call to ensure sick, disabled, needy and disadvantaged children and young people right across the Stirling area had a brighter Christmas.

“The Stirling Observer team would like to thank those who supported the appeal in any way.



Staff at Claire’s Accessories showed their generosity once again, donating several bags packed with items from the store

“Every year we are taken aback by people’s generosity and the lengths they will go to to donate and this year was no exception.

“The scale of the appeal has grown considerably over the years, enabling us to increase the number and reach of good causes who benefit. However, every effort means something – and in fact reminds us all of what’s important.

“We also have pensioners who donate some amazing gifts every year without fail, including some who even hand knit beautiful items.

“It is not just the gifts themselves which make a difference to these children and their families, it is the fact people have gone to the trouble of acknowledging their struggles at what can seem like a particularly isolating time of year for many of them.

“Showing those who are experiencing challenges that their community does indeed care is perhaps the best gift of all – especially at a time when so many people have felt not just physically but also mentally isolated.”

  • Look out next week for a focus on some of the drops-off points who have played a pivotal role in the appeal.



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