A £700 donation from Johnston Smillie’s Charitable Trust will see children who are part of our youth befriending work have some festive fun with ‘Mother Goose’ this December.

The generous donation was made possible by Tasia Meadows, who as well as working at Johnston Smillie’s Chritable Trust is also a volunteer befriender with Space. Tasia nominated Space as a potential beneficiary from the foundation and came along with her befriendee Dionne (9) to present the cheque to Space Youth and Families Service Manager Amanda Farquhar. Dionne was joined by her siblings Aiden (8) and Brooke (10) while Nicola Campbell, Youth Befriending Project Worker and Jane McColl, Youth Befriending Project Worker were also on hand to receive the donation.

Amanda explained: “Donations like this mean so much to the children and families we support. It is a great chance to get out and make memories with a positive experience that will last. We will be able to treat all our young people, young carers, youth befriending, kinship care and Friday youth club to a great trip out.

“Thank you so much to Tasia and everyone at Johnston Smillie’s Charitable Trust for making this happen. It really will mean a lot to the children we help, myself and the whole team are really grateful for the support.”

Taking place at the Howden Park Theatre in Livingston, pantomimes are a staple of the festive season and Mother Goose dates right back to 1806. Johnston Smillie’s Charitable Trust was launched in 2009 thanks to the work of directors Ross McKay and Lea Brash. It aims to raise £15,000 each year to give out to local charities and good causes. Find out more and add your support on their website here https://www.jsca.co.uk/community/

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Image shows left to right: Amanda Farquhar (Youth & Families Manager), Tasia Meadows (Volunteer Befriender), Dionne (Tasia’s Befriendee), Aiden and Brooke with Nicola Campbell and Jane McColl, Youth Befriending Project Workers.