Generous £250k gift made to the Harmeny Appeal

A generous Scottish business leader has donated £250,000 to the Learning for Life Appeal

The donor, who does not want their identity revealed, gifted the money to meet the cost of building a new Learning Hub at the Balerno based charity after hearing of its inspirational work.

Staff and volunteers celebrating the news

The gift means we have now raised £950,000 – half of the £1.9million needed for our Learning for Life Appeal.

Staff and children have been thrilled at news of the generous offer.

“This is the biggest single donation we’ve received so far and it puts us in a great position to raise the rest of the money we need to create amazing new facilities that will improve the lives of our children in so many ways” said Neil Squires, Harmeny’s chief executive.

“We’re incredibly grateful to everyone who has offered us support so far, particularly those with limited means because we recognise that it’s not the size of the gift that matters but the spirit of generosity in people’s hearts.”

Neil added: “The donation has really energised everyone involved in the Appeal and we are urging businesses and individuals to join us and help raise the remaining funds to achieve our target of starting the build in early 2021. Together we can build a brighter future for our children.”

The planned new Learning Hub will be so much more than a building; it is key to developing our children’s potential, meeting a growing demand for our services and supporting young people within our local community.

“Our children are inspiring,” Neil said. They have been through so much but have huge potential and so much to give. With the right support and facilities, they can overcome adversity and lead happy and fulfilling lives.”

The new Learning Hub will provide art and design facilities, woodworking and bike maintenance workshops, classrooms and become the focus for outdoor activities. From the new facilities Harmeny will also deliver an innovative, three-year skills-based education programme in partnership with Barnardo’s and local secondary schools to engage disadvantaged young people from the local community.