At this time of year we are entering the traditional period of giving and receiving and at Simply Solutions we like to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Would you like to give disadvantaged children the chance to play with a new toy, or see the pleasure on the face of a disabled child riding a bike with their family for the first time? Maybe you would like to recycle clothes or toys your children never made use of. River Kids will help!
In 2005, Wendy Simpson, with a background in fundraising and agencies helping children, realised that West Lothian needed a charity that focussed on benefiting local children. River Kids, West Lothian’s Children’s charity, was born and since then they have been helping all ages of the most disadvantaged children maximise their potential.
Since inception, their achievements include toys for over 44,000 children at birthdays and Christmas, providing clothes and equipment for newborn babies, specialised bikes for disabled children, much needed family breaks and zoo trips, replenishing toys at St. John’s Hospital and leisure classes for gifted children. They also assist with furniture and accommodation for children at risk in vulnerable situations. As you would expect, they work closely with social services, health visitors, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and homeless units to improve the quality of life for every child referred to them.
They cover all ages (newborn – 16 years) and in particular they find it challenging to provide for children aged 8 and above, possibly because they are more challenging to buy for than the younger ones. This is an area where your help would be hugely appreciated.
Fundraising in the current environment is always a challenge and whilst they are delighted to receive donations they recognise money is not always available. They are happy to recycle cartridges, clothes and equipment, as well as benefit from expertise and volunteers to help them achieve their aims.
Simply Solutions invite you to get involved with us at this time of year and make a difference to children of all ages by making a pledge to River Kids. From Simply Solutions, we send you a big thank you in anticipation of your support!