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Kate Higgins

Books for Kids for Christmas

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Fundraising for this challenge has ended so we're no longer accepting donations. Thanks to everyone who supported this challenge.

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Books were a constant companion in my childhood - they still are.  They've opened up worlds, ideas, knowledge and adventures.  They've made me laugh, cry, tremble and learn - sometimes all at the same time.[/p] [p]But some children in Scotland aren't so lucky and miss out on this vital part of childhood.  Some families can't afford to buy books or lack the skills and confidence to share and enjoy reading with their child.  Yet, reading - and reading well - can make a real difference to vulnerable children's lives.[/p] [p]It's something CHILDREN 1ST - the charity I work for - understands.  We know how important reading is and work with parents to help them help their children read.  Often, it's simple pleasures like this that provide real joy.  Reading together can forge strong bonds and give vulnerable children a better start in life, and better life chances.[/p] [p]Today (25 November) is Kilts for Kids Day, our national fundraising day where people celebrate all things Scottish and raise money for CHILDREN 1ST.  Well, I'm not much of a runner.  Even less of a baker.  And I definitely can't sing.[/p] [p]But I do read.  And I know you do too.  And together I reckon we can raise enough to buy vulnerable children supported by CHILDREN 1ST services a book this Christmas.  All you have to do is give £10.[/p] [p]Gift aid it and it becomes £12.50.  £7.50 will be used to buy a child a book and the rest will go to help CHILDREN 1ST pay for things like the cost of a support worker who will encourage a parent to read regularly with their child, or for materials that can help an abused child recover from their trauma by expressing themselves through art, writing or play.[/p] [p]We've got less than a month but I'm sure we'll manage it.  Because I know that you know how important books are and what a difference they can make to a child's life.  And I know you'll give, and then encourage your friends and family to do so too.[/p] [p]Oh, and why not share your favourite book from your childhood when you make your donation?[/p] [p]Thanks for your support.[/p] [p]Kate[/p] [p]PS If you don't want to donate online, you can send a cheque!  Make it payable to CHILDREN 1ST and post to Kate Higgins, CHILDREN 1ST, 83 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh, EH9 1AT[/p]

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Event

Personal Challenge Date

25 Dec 2014

Supporters

Dec 23, 2011

Rajnish Bhaskar

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 17, 2011

Carla Simpson

A brilliant, lovely idea. One of my favourite Christmas present as a kid was a stocking full of Roald Dahl books - this campaign has made me realise how much I took that for granted...may have to blog on this!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 16, 2011

Andrew McMorrin

From my wife Helen, Kateshe doesn't do Twitter or FB

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Dec 16, 2011

Kenneth Fleming

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 16, 2011

Sandra Reynolds

A timely reminder that many children have not had the opportunity to discover the joy a favourite book can give.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 15, 2011

Loz Keeley

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Dec 14, 2011

Catriona Black

I love the picture books with beautiful pictures - Oliver Jeffers, Catherine Rayner - there is so much talent out there.

£10.00

Dec 14, 2011

TheHornyHaggis

Apologies for leaving it late but as they say better late than never. Great cause and best wishes with it.

£10.00

Dec 13, 2011

Andrew McMorrin

Here's my last twenty quid, Kate lol

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Dec 13, 2011

Anonymous

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid