NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Cash boost for children's winter clothes appeal

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A charity appeal which provides children living in poverty with warm winter clothes has been given a £30,000 donation.

The money will be used to buy clothes including coats, hats and scarves for 300 children living in Aberdeen.

Last year there was an increase in applications for essential clothing for children in the area.

The cash has been donated by Aberdeen Asset Management's Charitable Foundation.

Under a deal with a national retailer, children will be given a winter coat, hat, scarf, gloves, jumper, trousers, socks and shoes.

Coats for Kids

All children helped through the Coats for Kids winter appeal will be identified through support workers and organisations who work closely with families that are struggling financially.

Emma Kemp from the Cash for Kids charity said: "The donation means we can begin helping families right away, before the weather gets any colder.

"The north east might be regarded as an area of wealth, but poverty is a very real issue for many families.

"One in six children in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area is living in poverty.

"Statistics also show us that the rate of poverty in our area has gone up by 22% in the last 12 months."

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