A POSSILPARK business will support educational and social growth in two Glasgow primary schools and a youth sports coaching programme.

Allied Vehicles Charitable Trust has donated grants totalling £3,000 to St Mary's Primary School in Maryhill, St Joseph’s Primary School near Glasgow City Centre and Winning Scotland, a charity that builds confidence and resilience in Scotland's children and young people.

St Joseph’s Primary School will receive £1,000 towards the establishment of a school library to develop a love of reading among young people.

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Ciara Lynch, from St Joseph’s Primary, said: “Reading is crucial for learning and development and yet many children are missing out on the joy of reading and the benefits it brings; we don’t want our young people to miss this opportunity.

"We have 32 different languages spoken in our school so we want to buy books in a range of languages to suit this diverse community; this will have a great impact on our school and young people.”

Additionally, £500 has been awarded to St Mary’s Primary School to reduce the financial burden on families by covering expenses associated with the Primary 7 prom, leavers' day out, and the customary leavers' hoodies.

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Kerry Finn, from the St Mary’s Primary School parent council, said: “I would like to thank the whole team at Allied Vehicles for helping the P7s at St Mary's Primary with costs for leaver events.

"This will help our families and the children will have an amazing sendoff thanks to Allied Vehicles.”

The largest grant, £1,500, goes to Winning Scotland’s On Our Marks project, enhancing the wellbeing, confidence, and life skills of 300 Primary 1 and 2 pupils across 10 north Glasgow primary schools.

These schools are located in Barlornock, Barmulloch, Chirnsyde, Elmvale, Miltonbank, Saracen, St Catherine’s, St Martin’s, St Monica’s and St Teresa's.

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Richard Orr, director of partnerships at Winning Scotland, said: “We’re thrilled that this support from the Allied Vehicles Charitable Trust will enable us to continue building our training and mentoring relationship with Glasgow Kelvin College.

"Supporting sports students to deliver the On Our Marks physical activity project in local primary schools has multiple benefits – helping children stay fit and healthy, developing the employability skills of students and creating opportunities in the local community.”

Gerry Facenna, owner and founder of Allied Vehicles, said: "We're delighted to support these vital educational and social initiatives in Glasgow's schools and communities.

"The Allied Vehicles Charitable Trust is committed to making a positive impact, and it makes me very proud to see our contributions help foster a love of reading, support meaningful school milestones, and promote health and resilience among young people."