SKYPARK in Glasgow is urging its tenants and the wider public to throw its weight behind a good cause this festive season.

The business park is holding its Christmas Appeal this year with Glasgow’s No1 Baby and Family Support Service. The Give a Gift appeal is asking for donations of warm jackets, toys and stocking fillers for children and young adults up to the age of 17. It is also looking for volunteers to help collate Christmas gift packs for children.

“So far our team of three has helped around 6,000 families and we are seeing an even bigger demand for our service this Christmas across the City and beyond,” said charity founder Audrey Dempsey.


A CHARITY which gives school kids the chance to explore the wilderness of Greenland has held an evening with three of the world’s most-experienced explorers.

The Polar Academy, whose mission is to help boost the self-esteem of “invisible” teenagers saw Captain Louis Rudd MBE, Mark Wood and Paul Vicary share stories and film footage from their adventures in Antarctica and the Arctic.

An audience of 200 audience attended the event at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh, hosted by Polar founder Craig Mathieson, which helped raise £4,000 for the charity.

It was the first time the New York-based Explorers Club had staged an event in Scotland. Mr Mathieson said: “The Polar Academy is extremely grateful to Louis, Paul and Mark, three of the world’s leading explorers, for giving their time to inspire a packed audience.”


A SCOTTISH entrepreneur has produced and designed a water bottle with the aim of generating funds for UK and global environmental charities.

Tom Kennett of Red Media said 15 per cent of profits of each Rippl bottle sold will go to causes including Oceana, which works to protect oceans around the world.

He said: “The ethos of the brand is to focus on supporting charities with a connection to water and ocean.”