Lord Jack McConnell undertook his first role as Chairman of Clyde 1 & 2 and Westsound Cash for Kids by announcing the award of more than £50,000 of grants to organisations which help children throughout Ayrshire, Glasgow and the West.
A total of 16 grants have been awarded to initiatives that work directly with vulnerable children. Summer grants from Cash for Kids are being distributed in response to the very real challenges that many of these children face during the summer holidays without the security and support of school.
Clyde 1 & 2 and Westsound Cash for Kids is Bauer Radio’s independently registered local charity, operated across the group’s entire portfolio of stations.
The charity’s summer grants are targeted at community groups working with the most vulnerable children in their area. Funding for these projects will enable them to provide a lifeline for the many children facing difficult challenges in their lives. It will also allow them to develop their support for children to help boost their confidence and self-esteem. In addition, the financial backing will provide day trips for many children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to have a fun day out.
The projects aim to assist children who may need a little extra help in their lives. Cash for Kids works to provide support to organisations offering community based, alternative opportunities during the school holidays.
Lord Jack McConnell, Chairman of Clyde 1 & 2 and Westsound Cash for Kids, said:
“Cash for Kids supports thousands of children throughout the year who have special needs, life limiting illnesses, are suffering abuse or neglect, or simply need a little extra care or guidance in their lives. Every single penny generated stays within each radio station’s areas and provides much needed support where it is required most.
“Distributing summer grants to groups who work with vulnerable children has been an uplifting experience. The funding will make a huge difference to these kids and have a positive impact of the lives of hundreds of children throughout Ayrshire, Glasgow and the West.
“Grants provide much needed financial support to organisations who work with less fortunate children. For many of these kids, summer holidays can mean greater neglect in terms of physical activity, social interaction and well-being; the grants help organisations to bring some normality and opportunity into their lives.”
Graham Bryce, Managing Director Bauer Media Scotland, said: “We are delighted that our Cash for Kids charity is providing grants throughout the year whilst raising funds for many deserving causes. This is of great benefit to organisations and young people who we help and we’re proud to be lending a hand in the local area.
“Lord McConnell brings a wealth of experience to Cash for Kids. His commitment to the children of Glasgow and the West guarantees that grants are distributed to organisations which are best placed to help disadvantaged children in local communities.
“Clyde 1 & 2 and Westsound Cash for Kids raise funds throughout the year to help disadvantaged children in our local communities.”