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STV Children's Appeal and the Trades House Announce New Charity Partnership

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Representatives from the STV Children's Appeal and the Trades House of Glasgow joined together today to announce a new charity funding partnership.

STV sports presenter Sheelagh McLaren, Keith Brown from Trades House, children from the Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation's Buoyed Up programme and founder Laurence Brady gathered at STV in Glasgow to celebrate the new partnership. It will involve the STV Children's Appeal contributing funds to organisations that have applied for help from the Trades House Commonweal Fund.

As part of the launch, a £2,250 cheque from the STV Children's Appeal and the Trades House of Glasgow was presented to the Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation to fund spaces on the Buoyed Up programme starting in August.

This year, the programme involved more than 100 primary 6 students from Chirnsyde, Saracen and St Monica's primary schools who studied a classroom topic on the life of Sir Thomas and what it means to be an entrepreneur and completed a five day sailing challenge with their classmates.

Laurence Brady, founder of the Sir Thomas Lipton Foundation said: "It's great to receive support from the STV Children's Appeal and the Trade's House of Glasgow. Through Buoyed Up we hope to raise the aspirations of a new generation and offer them a fresh perspective and a real incentive to work hard to seize opportunities in life. I am sure Sir Thomas would be proud of the connection Buoyed Up has made with the city as well as with sailing and enterprise."

Sheelagh McLaren, sports presenter for STV said: "The number of children affected by poverty in Glasgow is a concern for people across the city, however there are great projects in the area like the Buoyed Up programme that are helping to make a positive change within the community.

"I'm pleased to help highlight the work that the STV Children's Appeal and Trades House are doing to help improve the lives of young people in Scotland and make a bigger difference through collaboration."

Keith Brown, Collector of the Trades House of Glasgow said: "Across the country, 220,000 children live in poverty and figures from the Campaign to End Child Poverty* show that Glasgow has the highest rate of child poverty in Scotland, affecting a third of young people in the area.

"Trades House is committed to improving the lives of Glaswegians through our Commonweal Fund. Our partnership with the STV Children's Appeal is a fantastic way to boost support for projects that help improve the lives of young people affected by poverty in Glasgow."

Other charities and projects who will receive funding this month include Clic Sargent (£2,500), Move On (£3000) and the Glasgow Children's Holiday Scheme (£2000).

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