Our Romanian appeal has just received yet another boost after West Lothian Council, touched by the story, have come on board with their support.
The Journal and Gazette are fully behind this worthy cause, first started in 2008 by Anne Wilkinson of Linlithgow.
It was after her first visit to the country, when she experienced first-hand the despair some families are forced to endure in the Romanian countryside, that Anne decided she couldn’t simply turn her back and walk away.
Anne said: “I know I’ve said this before, but I think it’s important to do so again - I am absolutely astounded at the level of generosity shown for this appeal, I’m so grateful to everyone, but especially to the Gazette for all your hard work and effort, you’ve been amazing!”
Donations soon started to roll in, to the point that the van allocated to make the trip to Romania in September is almost full already - and the likelihood is that a second may need to be found shortly.
Graham Hope, West Lothian Council’s Chief Executive, said: “This is certainly a worthy cause and West Lothian Council is delighted to assist with the appeal. I’m delighted to hear that the Romanian appeal has proved to be a success to date and I’m sure it will continue to go from strength to strength over the coming weeks and months.”
We have also received a message from Dr Ion Jinga, Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the Romanian Embassy in London.
He said: “We appreciate very much the effort of all those people involved in this charity.”
We have also had a special request from Anne, which has come from Romania directly. She is seeking to try and obtain 12 baby ‘stroller’ buggy’s for families who don’t have one, and, cannot afford to purchase one.
The next fundraisers are on May 6, when Davie ‘Deep Sea’ Paterson is holding a quiz night at Platform 3 in aid of the appeal. Tables of four cost £10 and can be booked by calling 01506 847405.
A coffee morning will be held in St Michael’s Church, Linlithgow on Saturday, May 10 from 10am to noon. There will also be a stall selling hand carved wooden gifts.
Drop off points:
Bo’ness - Recreation Centre, Gauze Road, opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9am-9pm.
Linlithgow- Library, The Vennel, opening hours, Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8.30am - 5.30pm, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am-8pm Saturday: 9am-1pm
Grangemouth - Journal and Gazette office, Unit 4A, Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth FK3 8WX, opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 9am-5pm (closed 1-2pm).