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Some kids living in the deprived Glasgow district of Drumchapel have never travelled outside their city.

Imagine the delight, therefore, of the small group of Drumchapel girls who were whisked off on a summer break to the highlands of Scotland.

They paddled in the Atlantic on an idyllic day in the Western Highlands.

They took a chair lift ride up Glencoe.

And they visited the Sea Life Centre in Oban.

Annette Crawford, administrator of the Step Up project, explained: ”We work with schools and the community to identify needy kids in Drumchapel.

“Hopscotch Charity funded the visit to Hopscotch holiday place at Ardgour on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.

“But some of our girls might not have the essential clothing, toiletries etc that you need for such a break.

“The Teddy Bear Foundation kindly gave us £200 which helped buy these vital necessities and went towards our weekly food bill.

“These are some of the most vulnerable kids in our society, suffering from a variety of social issues.

“They all had a ball.  Some of them had never been out of Glasgow so you can only imagine the impact it had on them.”


A day out at the Sea Life centre in Oban.

Enjoying a summer break to the highlands of Scotland

The Drumchapel kids enjoy a paddle in the Scottish highlands.

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