By Tim Saunders on
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has saved a charity home established to offer holidays to poor families from Glasgow, Scotland, from closure.
Rowling’s charity, the Volant Trust, has made a significant donation to help Braendam House, a facility in Thornhill, keep its doors open. Founded in 1967, the facility issued redundancy notices to its staff earlier this month.
Along with charitable trusts such as the Cattanach Trust, Robertson Trust, Endrick Trust, Mugdock Children’s Trust, and the Balmore Coach House Trust, Rowling’s Volant Trust – set up in memory of the author’s mother – has come up with a package that will allow Braendam House to continue its services until next March.
Rowling has also lent her support to a Scottish campaign that aims to raise awareness of the importance of Vitamin D in the battle against Multiple Sclerosis.
The Shine on Scotland campaign was started by a 14-year-old Scottish boy, Ryan McLaughlin, whose mother suffers from MS.
“I am really honored to support Ryan in his fantastic campaign to get Vitamin D for all introduced as a preventative measure against MS,” she said. “Ryan’s mother has MS, as did my own mother. I only wish I had the gumption at 14 to do what Ryan is doing and get such an important issue raised at parliament. I wish him and all the other young people joining the mile march he is organizing in Edinburgh the best in their endeavors.”
The walk Rowling is referring to is being organized to deliver a petition to the Scottish Parliament, calling on their help in providing Vitamin D to Scotland’s children and pregnant mothers. It is due to take place on June 16 in Edinburgh.
To sign the petition or find out more about the campaign, visit the Shine on Scotland website.
To find out more about the Volant Trust, visit their official website.
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