St Mary’s Christmas Charity 2019 – Aberlour

The Most Rev’d Dr Mark Strange, Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church has written to us once more to encourage us to consider supporting the work of Aberlour during the seasons of Advent and Christmas.

Aberlour is delighted to have received well over £10,000 in donations from the Scottish Episcopal Church community in the past year which has helped them to support children, young people and families all over Scotland. But the need continues to grow. This year Aberlour commissioned research which has revealed that young people in Scotland’s poorest communities are three times more likely to die before 25 than their peers in richer areas. They feel that they need to do more to reach more children and families, so that they can support them through tough times. Because a bad start shouldn’t mean a bad end.

Aberlour knows that what they do works. They met Morgan several years ago. Her childhood in Govan was tough and she was at risk of going off the rails and becoming involved in drugs, violence and crime. Over time, Aberlour helped her turn her life around – and now Morgan is the first member of her family to go to university. You can watch Morgan talk about her journey at:

There are thousands more children who can turn their lives around with Aberlour’s support but to make this happen the charity needs our help. Already we at St Mary’s have raised almost £100 by selling Christmas and greetings cards at church and in various school staff rooms in Dunblane. There will be opportunities to donate at various Christmas services. If you’re away over Christmas and would like to donate, please contact our treasurer.