Cash boost for charity’s work in Midlothian

The Children 1st team - Sue Spence, Katerina Retsika, Julie Macleod, Jenna Pickard, Morgan Roth, Shaun Thomas - celebrate the �200,000 award from the  Peoples Postcode Lottery.

The Children 1st team - Sue Spence, Katerina Retsika, Julie Macleod, Jenna Pickard, Morgan Roth, Shaun Thomas - celebrate the �200,000 award from the Peoples Postcode Lottery.

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Welfare charity Children 1st has been awarded over £200,000 to support its work with children and families in Midlothian.

The award, which will be put to use in services across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Scottish Borders, was part of a larger £700,000 award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery to support the work of Children 1st across Scotland.

In Midlothian, Children 1st supports children, young people and their families to overcome the impact of abuse, neglect, and other traumatic events in childhood.

“These funds will go a long way to provide much needed support for the children and families we work with in Midlothian,” said Anna O’Reilly, assistant director.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for the continued support over the years.

“It really makes a huge difference to our work with children and families in Midlothian.”

Since 2008, players of People’s Postcode Lottery have provided close to £5 million to support the work of Children 1st, helping improve the lives of over 70,000 children, young people and their families across Scotland.

Based at Hardengreen Business Park at Eskbank, Children 1st is involved in a number of initiatives to support local families and their children.

Children 1st runs the Midlothian Young Carers scheme, which offers a bespoke service to local young people, who for various reasons, find themselves caring for a dependent relative at home.