April 12 2018
Nil by Mouth’s efforts to build bridges between children from different backgrounds received a boost today with a £3,500 donation toward its pioneering schools programme.
The Crerar Trust made the donation to support Nil by Mouth’s ‘Champions for Change’ schools programme which sees thousands of pupils from across Scotland participate in workshops, sporting competitions and cultural activities together. A key part of the programme sees pupils from denominational and non-denominational schools link in with the charity to participate in a series of workshops exploring stereotypes, sectarianism, identity and misconceptions about religions and beliefs different to their own. Nil by Mouth was set up by 2014 Evening Times ‘Scotswoman of the Year’ Cara Henderson following the brutal sectarian murder of her school friend Mark Scott in 1995. During 2018 more than 3,000 pupils are expected to take part in its school programme thanks to support from the Trust
The Trust is funded by the Crerar Hotel Group which operates 13 Hotels in Scotland. Giving back to local communities to improve the quality of everyday lives is at the heart of its work, and therefore, each year almost half of the hotel profits are donated to the Trust for distribution to charities and community projects local to Crerar Hotels. The Trust has awarded £7m of grants to over 400 organisations over the last 16 years and meets twice a year to award grants. This is the third year in a row it has supported Nil by Mouth.
Nil by Mouth Engagement Officer Emma Alexander said:
‘We are thrilled with this fantastic donation from the Crerar Trust to support our Champions for Change project. Through it we are bringing thousands of children and young people from different religious and cultural backgrounds together and building friendships which last a lifetime. When Cara Henderson set our charity up she was very clear that investing time and money in schools programmes was the best and most effective way of challenging bigotry. Since then we have worked with tens of thousands of pupils in hundreds of schools, helping them better understand bigotry. This donation helps ensure that we can continue to offer our schools workshops and projects free of charge.’
Paddy Crerar, Chairman, of The Crerar Trust and Chief Executive of Crerar Hotels said:
‘We are delighted to have made this award to Nil by Mouth and look forward to hearing how this funding helps impact their work. Crerar Hotels is committed to giving back to the local community to help it grow and thrive, and provide opportunities that may otherwise seem out of reach. For every stay our customers have with us they are supporting others, who really need it. It is great for our folk in the hotels to see their hard work and efforts helping people in their own communities as well as those from throughout the whole of Scotland.’