Dalkeith donation on the menu

MYPAS manager Dave Evans receives the �250 donation from Itihaas manager Mohammad Abbas. Looking on are MYPAS chairman Alan Symon and Mark Johnston from Esk Valley Rotary Club.
MYPAS manager Dave Evans receives the �250 donation from Itihaas manager Mohammad Abbas. Looking on are MYPAS chairman Alan Symon and Mark Johnston from Esk Valley Rotary Club.

Award-winning Dalkeith restaurant Itihaas delivered a healthy message when it handed over a donation to a local young people’s charity.

Presenting a cheque for £250 to MYPAS (Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service), restaurant boss Matin Khan praised its work to improve youngsters’ health and well-being across the county.

“Itihaas’ donation to this very valuable service underlines our determination to play a practical positive role in the local community,” he said.

“The health and happiness of our children and young adults should be among society’s top priorities.”

MYPAS manager Dave Evans added: “We’re very grateful to Mr Khan and Itihaas for the generous contribution to our work.

“Donations like these are important to ensure we continue to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Midlothian.”

Based at the Tolbooth Hall, Dalkeith, the charity works with young people to tackle issues surrounding mental health, substance misuse and sexual health. Services include counselling, art therapy and family therapy, and it offers support on a range of issues including bullying, bereavement, depression, self-harm and family breakdown.

Established in 1999, MYPAS has seen its services expand enormously with new services introcued to meet young people’s needs.

The presentation at the Eskbank Road restaurant was also attended by representatives of Esk Valley Rotary Club which helped bring Itihaas and MYPAS together.