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Stirling Observer ‘Give A Gift’ Appeal Returns for 14th Year


Categories: Charities and Third-Sector, Children and Young People, Constituency, Volunteering

Local MP Encourages Donations this Christmas

Alyn Smith MP has encouraged Stirling residents and businesses to sign up to the Stirling Observer’s ‘Give A Gift’ campaign this Christmas, returning for its 14th successful year.

Organised since 2008, the annual appeal helps to coordinate donations of new toys and gifts to vulnerable children and young people across the Stirling area.

After collection from drop-off points generously hosted by local businesses, the gifts are distributed via a wide array of local and national groups including Stirling Council’s social services, Stirling Young Carers, Home-Start Stirling, PLUS, Cornton Vale and Glenochil Family Hubs, Barnardo’s and Stirling Women’s Aid, Forth Valley Royal Hospital’s children’s ward, and Support4Families.

Drop-off points will be announced soon, and those who wish to participate can email Appeal Coordinator Kaiya Marjoribanks ( or

Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:

‘Amidst the continuing economic uncertainty and turmoil, I’m really glad to see the Gift A Gift appeal return for another year. I know for so many children and households, the generosity of ordinary residents and businesses across Stirling really does brighten the Christmas period.

‘The cost of living crisis has left many communities struggling, but if we can at least make sure children have gifts to open on Christmas Day then I’m sure that simple gesture will go some way to relieve some stress this festive season.

‘As ever, I’d like to thank the Stirling Observer for pulling this together. Local journalism is extremely important to the health of our democracy, and keeping our community informed. Be sure to support local journalism, and buy a paper where you can.’


Attached is a picture of Alyn Smith MP in front of the Stirling Observer offices on Upper Craigs Street.