Choosing Edinburgh charity was child’s play for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

Edinburgh children’s charity The Yard has received a welcome boost with £1,000 of funding from family housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund.

The Yard runs adventure play services for disabled children, young people and their families in the east of Scotland. Its flagship centre in Canonmills is seen as a home from home for the many families that use it and provides disabled children with a safe place to play and thrive. The donation will help fund family sessions which take place during the 13 weeks of school holidays throughout the year.  

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes has a history of supporting good causes and the Building Communities Fund was created to continue the company’s ongoing efforts to help organisations and projects which enhance the lives of people within their local communities. 

The fund is open throughout the year to applications from charities, community groups, sports teams and schools within a five mile radius of any live Mactaggart & Mickel Homes development like Barnton Park Wood and Lockhart Woods in Edinburgh. 

Joanne Casey, director at Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, commented: “We were really impressed by the services The Yard offers. The charity makes such a difference to the children and young people who use its facilities and also their families too. We are more than happy to make a donation towards the invaluable family sessions they provide throughout the school holidays which let disabled children experience all the benefits of creative play and adventure.”

Anna Robinson from The Yard added: “The Yard is delighted to have received a grant of £1,000 from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund to support our school holiday service. During the 13 weeks of the school holidays we are open six days a week for disabled children and their families to come and play in a fun, non-judgmental and supported environment.

“The Yard has a fantastic indoor and outdoor space that is ideal for both sunny and wet weather in Edinburgh! On average over 250 disabled children will access The Yard each week in the holidays and therefore is a highly needed, well-used and much loved service during this long holiday period. From everyone that uses The Yard thank you very much for your support.”

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