A Glasgow Evening Times appeal has earned praise in the Scottish Parliament after a Glasgow MSP put down a motion hailing its success.
Scottish Nationalist MSP Dorothy-Grace Elder described the paper’s Maggie’s Centre Appeal, which raised £500,000 in 10 months, as “a splendid example of positive journalism in the public interest”.
In her motion the MSP asked the Parliament to commend the paper’s campaign to build a cancer care centre as “a splendid example of the continuing power Scottish journalism has to change lives for the better, and of the extraordinary generosity of the public of Glasgow”.
The campaign was launched to raise money to build Glasgow’s first dedicated cancer care centre and all the money raised will help to build the centre, equip it and keep it staffed for the first year.
The MSP said: “As a journalist who has worked on many fundraising campaigns, I know what a hard slog it can be to run an appeal like this, and the editor, staff and readers of the Evening Times deserve great credit.”
Editor of the Evening Times, Charles McGhee, said: “We are delighted that Ms Elder has asked the Scottish Parliament to recognise formally the Evening Times Maggie’s Centre campaign.
“But the real credit goes to our magnificent readers, who raised the fabulous sum of £500,000 in such a short time.”
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