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As part of our 5th year anniversary celebrations we wanted to do something special and close to our hearts and give something back to our local community.
We choose 5 local charities to support on the lead up to Christmas.  Each of these charities mean something to us and were picked for a reason.
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Cumbernauld Colts – Under 15’s Football team

First up was the under 15’s Cumbernauld Colts football team!  We were delighted to help purchase and sponsor the boys away kit.  Our Director Tracy Collins son plays for this team and Tracy has said “as a Mum of a teenage boy, I feel it’s so important to keep him involved with sports and clubs etc to help with his physical and emotional development.  They are a great team of boys from different backgrounds and MRG are delighted to support them on their football journey”.  The boys recently attended the Holland Cup and only won the tournament and brought the trophy back to Cumbernauld!  An amazing achievement by all!

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Juniors

Our second chosen charity was Juniors based in Hamilton.  Juniors are an amazing charity who are making a huge difference to those children and families who need it in the most in South Lanarkshire.  We were delighted to participate in their “Tree of Hope” campaign on the lead up to Christmas and dropped off lots of new winter essentials for them to distribute to those children who need it most.

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Glasgow’s Golden Generation

Next up was the wonderful Glasgow’s Golden Generation!  The work this small charity does is simply remarkable.  They work tirelessly to support the elderly population in our community, providing companionship, care and crucial services to those who need it most. We had the great pleasure of volunteering at the Fred Paton Day Centre in Glasgow in December and we can honestly say we had so much fun.  The day centre provides friendship, advice and most importantly company for people with little social interaction or family.  We were able to spend time with those who attended the day centre and took part in a quiz, served them Christmas lunch and even had a dance and done the conga!  A special appearance from “Santa” aka our very own Stephen Hill, Director – Tech Division made the visitors day!  We have certainly made friends for life and left the centre with our hearts full!

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St Roch’s Primary and Deaf School, Glasgow

Our fourth charity was St Roch’s Primary and Deaf School based in the North of Glasgow. St Roch’s is located one of the most deprived areas of Glasgow and unfortunately around 90% of the 350 pupils are living in poverty. Our Director, Tracy Collins and Business Manager, Lisa Kayes visited the school on a number of occasions last year. They were touched by the work the school do and the wonderful children who attend.

Many of the families struggle to provide the basics for their children meaning they haven’t eaten breakfast before coming to school. St Roch’s do their best to provide breakfast for these kids but this comes at a cost. We were delighted to donate breakfast and snacks to the school in October last year. We were kindly invited back to the school during December to watch these amazing children perform in their annual nativity play. During our visit we had great pleasure in handing over our donation of new winter jackets and other essential winter clothing for a number of the children. We also handed over financial donations we had received from various connections and friends. This money was used by the school to buy food vouchers for those families who need it most. Without a doubt, the staff and children have left a lasting legacy with us. So much so, we will be continuing our support for them in 2024!

The support we have received from MRG has been overwhelming. The donations of winter clothing really made such a difference to our families who needed it the most during the winter months. The monetary donations were used to buy food vouchers during the Christmas period and the kind donation of breakfast cereals, milk and snacks went down a treat with the kids. We can’t thank the team enough

Jennifer SmithDeputy Head Teacher for St Roch’s Primary
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The Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity

Last but not least is The Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.  GCHC rely on donations to fund life-changing equipment, support services and research at Scotland’s largest children’s hospital.  This amazing charity also holds a special place in our hearts as our very own David Aitken, Recruitment Consultant has experienced first hand how much they helped him and his family a few years ago.

David’s youngest son Arlo was born at 23 weeks and 6 days so what followed was a worrying time.  Arlo was in hospital for 6 months.  David said “we were assisted everyday to keep life as normal as possible.  We were given beads of courage when Arlo hit a milestone so when having a bad day we could always look at how far was coming along.  Arlo has a big sister and they would take her to place in the teddy bear hospital and visit the cinema within the hospital also.  These are just two examples of many I could give of how the Glasgow Childrens Hospital charity helped not just as a family but many more”.  Arlo is now aged 4 and a little character!

The MRG team were delighted to volunteer their time at the GCHC’s pop up stalls in the busy shopping centre Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow during December.   Our team clearly made a difference with wrapping gifts etc as the day they attended was one of the most successful days in terms of money raised!

We will be continuing our support of this wonderful charity in 2024 and most recently our Director, Iain McBride along with David visited the hospital to discuss future plans for our partnership.  Iain and David were able to see first hand the amazing work they do and handed over some easter goodies for the kids and staff!   In June this year, the MRG team football squad will take part in a charity five-aside tournament in support of the GCHC.  Time to dust off those football boots for a number of the team!!

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