Christmas Appeal

Give teen parents and their babies the best start together. Donate £5 this Christmas to gift a baby and young parent their first book to share.

‘The support I received encouraged me to read to him as soon as he was born. When he’s fidgety, I read to him. It calms him and I feel better too because I’m doing something special with him and it’s good for him. I’ll definitely keep doing it.’ Demmi, mum to baby Harlie, three months old, who took part in our pilot project

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Even before they are born, babies can hear sounds. Sharing books is one of the best and easiest ways for parents to bond with their babies, from the earliest moments.

Research shows that younger parents are less likely to read to their babies, particularly during the very early stages. Many face challenging circumstances such as social isolation, poverty, or lack of confidence.

This Christmas, we want to ensure every baby enjoys stories and rhymes, regardless of their circumstances.

By supporting our Christmas Appeal, you will be helping to gift a copy of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's classic picture book, The Snail and the Whale, to 1,000 teen parents across Scotland who are expecting a baby. They will also receive support to start them on their reading journey to ensure they have the best start together.

Give the gift of reading this Christmas and ensure no baby misses out. Donate £5 to gift a baby and young parent their first book to share.

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A gift certificate is available if you wish to donate as a Christmas gift for a loved one.

(If you choose to share your details with us on JustGiving, we can keep you updated on the campaign and thank you properly!)