“Lift off” for Mission Christmas at Technopole

Thursday November 12th 2020

Edinburgh Technopole

Over 50 presents have already been donated

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

The science park in the Bush Estate near Penicuik will be a hub for this year’s Mission Christmas, part of the Cash for Kids campaign, which provides presents for local children living in poverty to help them have a good Christmas.

Edinburgh Technopole is repeating its role as a hub which allows anyone to drop off presents at the site, with all presents dropped off at the science park to be given to children in Midlothian.

Midlothian’s rate of child poverty is higher than the Scottish national average, with 25% of local children living in poverty. This year, Covid-19 is making things even more difficult for families that were already struggling.

Backed by Radio Forth, Mission Christmas aims to make sure that children living in poverty wake up to gifts on Christmas day. In 2019, Mission Christmas raised £14.6 million and helped 380,054 children across the UK.

Midlothian residents and the local science and business community are being urged to help if they can. As of last week, over 50 presents have already been donated but there is a long way to go to meet the target to help local children. Unwrapped presents can be dropped off at the Hub Café or Bush House Reception at Edinburgh Technopole during office hours.

Judith Sanderson, Park Manager at Edinburgh Technopole, said:

“It’s fantastic that we are able to provide a hub for Mission Christmas again this year to make it easier for tenants and the local community to drop off presents for the appeal.”

“We know this is going to be a hard Christmas for even more people this year so it is important we all do all we can to help. I hope we will beat the number of presents that were donated last year and help more local kids in Midlothian have a wonderful Christmas.”

Presents can be dropped off at the Hub Café or Bush House Reception at Edinburgh Technopole located at Milton Bridge, Penicuik EH26 0BB during office hours. Presents should be unwrapped.

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