St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society delivered festive cheer this month with socially distanced doorstep Santa visits.

Santa Claus and a one of his best elves, Melissa Muir, have been spotted near the Kilpatrick Hills in Clydebank, the River Clyde in Greenock as well as Milngavie and Edinburgh.

Head of Services at St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society Paula Harkins said: “Christmas is such as special time for children that we wanted to bring a little joy especially after such a challenging year.

“It is, of course, a particularly busy time of year for Santa, but with a little careful planning we were able to coordinate with the North Pole and arrange socially distanced visits for nearly 40 families throughout December.”

During each visit, Santa demonstrated how children can twinkle their fingers to sprinkle reindeer food near their home, made with oats and a little magic, to help his reindeer know where to land.

This year marks the 65th year since St Margaret’s opened its doors and this December the charity is expecting to lose out on vital donations as the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions have affected the way it fundraises.

Donations made to St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society, fund its Extended Post Adoption Support Services (EPASS). These services are available to any adopted children who may have experienced trauma and neglect and adoptive families across Scotland. St Margaret’s offers its EPASS services for life to those who need it, including home visits, therapeutic playgroups, teenagers groups, peer support groups and family events.

Donations to St Margaret’s fund its Extended Post Adoption Support Services (EPASS):

  • £20 1:2:1 support session for a member of the teenagers’ Connect Group
  • £40 Two teachers receive training on the impact of trauma
  • £50 One ‘TherAdopt’ resource pack to support a family in the early stages of placement
  • £100 Five children attending Therapeutic Playgroup for an entire term
  • £250 One person’s ‘origins journey’ from initial enquiry, public records search,       communication between all parties to a reunion, where appropriate
  • £500 A block of individual therapy, e.g. Art/Play Therapy for an adopted child
  • £1,000 Specialised staff training for a staff member to support the St Margaret’s families

For those who would like to donate this is possible online via the DONATE page or alternatively cheques can be posted to 26 Newton Place, Glasgow, G3 7PY.