A WEE COUNTY project has received £2,000 from the STV Children's Appeal, helping it to organise activities for local youngsters.

The funding will allow Community House in Alloa to continue delivering services to children, young people and adults in a safe and family-orientated atmosphere.

The project offers a wide range of activities – including a youth club, after school club, coffee drop-in, lunch club and craft sessions – designed to raise self esteem, confidence and aspirations throughout the community.

Elaine McDonagh, project manager at Community House which is based at Maree Court, sent her sincere thanks and gratitude to the appeal for its "very generous gift".

She said: "This grant has arrived at the right time and will be used to purchase art, craft materials and games for the young people attending our youth club, The Mix.

"In order for Community House to be accessible to everyone, all of our services are provided free of charge, therefore fundraising is a constant challenge.

"I wish to thank the STV Children's Appeal and its fundraisers once again for digging deep to help Community House in Alloa and other worthwhile projects all over Scotland."

Since launching in 2011, the STV Children's Appeal has raised £16.3million, with 964 big and small grants awarded to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 67,000 children.

The money raised is distributed to provide practical help like food and warm clothes, create opportunities for training and employability, and enable social and emotional support for those who need it most.

Baroness Margaret Ford, chair of the board of trustees for STV Children's Appeal, said: "The STV Children's Appeal was established to help improve the quality of life of vulnerable children and young people across Scotland.

"We are extremely grateful to everyone who has fundraised and donated to this important cause – a special thanks for your ongoing support.

"All proceeds remain in Scotland which means we can support vital projects such as Community House in our efforts to improve the lives of children across the country."

Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Children's Appeal, said: "Driving positive change is down to individuals, communities and charities who can make the world of difference to those young people most in need.

"Sincerely I thank everyone who has raised money for the STV Children's Appeal and can again confirm to every last one of you that every pound is being invested in charities like Community House to the benefit of Scotland's young people.

"You raise a pound, we give a pound; you make a difference, we support that difference."

Anyone who would like to help raise funds for Scotland's children, as a group or an individual, should get in touch with Natalie Wright at natalie.wright@stv.tv