Mercy Corps is Scotland's only international humanitarian and development organisation with our European Headquarters in Edinburgh. The Mercy Corps team is now 5000 strong, living and working in over 40 countries around the world. Powered by the belief a better world is possible, we work to empower people through crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good.
For the refugee who dreams of rebuilding her country, for the mother who wants a healthy future for her children — for the millions of people filled with the power of possibility — Mercy Corps connects them to the resources and opportunities they need to build better, stronger lives.
In almost 40 years we have helped more than 220 million people across 122 countries, responding to almost every global emergency in the last 20 years, and in 2016 alone we helped 30 million people worldwide.
We know that long term solutions have the power to change the world – so we are investing in bold, innovative solutions to some of the world toughest challenges. This means we are connecting a nomadic pastoralist to a weather app that enables them to protect their herd, we are connecting a farmer to the technology that increases their market access, a young women to small business loans, vulnerable communities to disaster preparedness training, and young refugees to education.
Visit us online at mercycorps.org to learn more about our work, and read some of our amazing stories from the field.
Cash for Kids
All the money is spent right here in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.
We support all children who need our help whether they are sick, disabled or living in poverty.
In 2016 Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids raised over £1.4 million for the local community, supporting nearly 47,000 children across East Central Scotland, Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife.
Our Christmas Appeal ‘Mission Christmas’ ensured that over 18,000 children living in poverty woke up to a gift from Santa Claus on Christmas day.
As a grant giving charity, we help individual children, their families, and support groups, meaning that the money raised really does help a huge variety of local projects and children.
After the success of last year’s Tour de Forth Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids are absolutely thrilled to be asked to be part of such a fun, positive, and successful event again.
In 2017, the generosity and support from participants, staff, and volunteers of Tour de Forth ensured we had £26,500 to help support more disadvantaged, sick, and disabled local children. We would love to share with you a story of one family for whom we funded the purchase of a specialised car seat earlier this year.
Matthew was born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy meaning he cannot walk, talk, sit, or stand unaided. The purchase of this car seat meant that Matthew could now go on family trips with his two brothers. As you can see from his smiling face, Matthew and his family were overjoyed at their application being successful.
His mum, Katrina, said "It's made a massive difference to our lives, but also I come across many other families who are in the same situation as us and charities like Cash for Kids are just invaluable to families who have children with additional support needs."
Without your fundraising and the help of Cash for Kids Matthews mum would still be saving for the car seat, and Matthew wouldn’t be making these precious memories with his family.
This is just one example of whom, thanks to our fundraisers, we are able to help. To keep up to date with who else we’re helping and our other fundraising activities please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tour de Forth raises funds for Mercy Corps and CashforKids, two locally based charities. All donations are much appreciated - if you would like to help raise funds or just donate, please go to our site at EverydayHero.
Please follow us on Facebook, where we will add updates as we get closer to the event.