Push ‘n’ Plod was a brilliant effort on the Kirkintilloch canal

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CARING youngsters, families, staff and volunteers raised funds for a great cause in Springburn as they enjoyed a ‘Push & Plod’.

A terrific 27 people took part in the sponsored event along the Forth and Clyde Canal in aid of The Mallard – a respite unit – and The Garratt – a residental centre for disabled children in Springburn – recently.

The heroes involved raised around £1,000 as they travelled from Bishopbriggs to Kirkintilloch – smashing the £500 target.

Organiser Fiona Scott, children’s worker for CrossReach at the two facilities, said: “The funds will allow us to make our garden more fun and accessible for the children, including a wheelchair swing!

“The walk went very well, with beautiful weather and very enthusiastic kids! We had about 27 participants, who all thoroughly enjoyed the walk and enjoyed the pit stop at The Stables, who gave all participants use of their facilities and a free drink. The Mallard and The Garratt are on Morrin Street, Springburn. Service users hail from all over Glasgow and surrounding areas.

Fiona said: “We feel so strongly about raising the money as our young people come from all walks of life and we aim to provide the highest quality service possible, giving them the best experience while they are here.

“Specialist equipment is extremely expensive, but vital to the young people we support to allow them to do activities they would not normally be able to access.

“For example, the simple act of playing on a swing is impossible for some of our service users due to their disability.

“We believe that all children and young people deserve a fun and memorable childhood, and we aim to provide this to the best of our abilities.

“Raising these funds will allow us to improve our garden so it is more accessible for all our service users.”

* Both facilities are homely furnished, providing a safe and stimulating environment for the children.

The sensory room, spa and computer room are favourites with the children who use the service and are important to their continual development.

CrossReach was launched in June 2005 and was previously known as the Church of Scotland Board of Social Responsibility. Under the new name, CrossReach continues the Church of Scotland’s long tradition of providing care and support.

It employs more than 2,000 staff and strives to support some of the most vulnerable people in Scotland.

For more information, visit www.crossreach.org.uk

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