Help needed to ensure Santa visits every child

One in ten of the region’s population is still living in depravation and North East charity Instant Neighbour has teamed up with local housebuilder Stewart Milne Homes to make sure every child gets a present this Christmas.

Instant Neighbour is expanding its annual Giving Tree Appeal to Portlethen to bring the Christmas spirit to more vulnerable, low income families in the community.

Now in its 22nd year, the Giving Tree Appeal urges people to add just one more name to the Christmas list in a bid to ensure every child across Aberdeen City and Shire has a gift to open this festive holiday. Dedicated ‘Giving Trees’ are hosted in a number of venues across the area, providing the age and gender of individual children in need.

To help drive donations, Stewart Milne Homes will be hosting a specially created Giving Tree at its Leathan Fields development in Portlethen. From 14 November to 3 December where people will be able to collect details and donate gifts at the converted show home off Schoolhill Road.

Commenting on this year’s Giving Tree Appeal, Instant Neighbour chief executive, Sophy Green, said: “Christmas is an especially difficult time for many of the families we work with across Aberdeen. With the Giving Tree Appeal we aim to ease some of the pressures faced and ensure children and young people can enjoy some of the special qualities of this time of year.

Mike Cowie, sales director of Stewart Milne Homes North Scotland, said: “This partnership with Instant Neighbour gives us a great opportunity to utilise our show homes for a truly worthwhile cause and we hope these new ‘drop-off’ locations will widen the accessibility of the appeal.”

For information on the Stewart Milne Homes’ Giving Tree locations, contact 0845 026 7841. For more details on the annual Giving Tree Appeal visit