CHILDREN in Poverty Inverclyde, the charity which helps bring a smile to the faces of local kids affected by poverty, has received the keys to a brand new holiday home courtesy of Argyll Holidays.
The new two-bedroom lodge at Argyll Holidays’ popular Hunters Quay Holiday Village, near Dunoon, will be used by the charity to provide free of charge active family holidays to those who need them but don’t have the funds to take the kids.
The charity has sent over 100 kids from struggling families on summer holidays in Scotland in the last two years – and dozens to Hunters Quay.
The holiday home was bought using a £35,000 donation made by Morrisons Foundation spearheaded by Sean McGowan, Morrisons, Greenock General Manager, after the supermarket put proceeds from its 5p carrier bag charge towards the project, and Argyll Holidays threw in a spacious wraparound decking to the lodge, creating a fabulous outdoor play space for visiting families.
Lisa Allan-Downie, head of marketing at Argyll Holidays, said: “Children in Poverty Inverclyde is such an amazing cause and we’re delighted to be able to help them provide families with much needed breaks and fun for kids who need it most.
“Not everyone can afford a summer holiday or long weekend away so this goes a long way to ensuring more kids get the benefit of a nice break away and we look forward to welcoming them to Hunters Quay.”
Children in Poverty Inverclyde founder Pat Burke said: “We are so grateful to Argyll Holidays and Morrisons for providing this amazing facility.
“This will enable us to help more children living in poverty across Inverclyde to have a holiday and enjoy outdoor activities as a family.”
The five star holiday village offers plenty of fun activities for children and their families including archery, raft building, and two indoor heated pools complete with Sea Scooters and WaterWalkerz.
Children in Poverty Inverclyde was formed in 2014 to and provides holidays for struggling families in the area and runs a Foodbank.
Child poverty in Inverclyde is at an all-time high of 26 per cent, increased from 24 per cent in 2011 making the district joint 4th poorest council area in Scotland.