A CHILDREN'S charity based in Perthshire is appealing for urgent donations after all of its summer camps had to be cancelled in the face of Covid-19.

Over The Wall, which runs all its camps at Strathallan School for children with serious illnesses, has launched the emergency fundraising appeal as the coronavirus cancellations have already had a sever impact on income.

Since 1999, the charity has provided free residential camps for more than 8,000 young people with 130 different serious illnesses with the aim of giving them and their families life-changing memorable experiences.

Alternative plans are already being put in place for the children who were scheduled to attend the Perthshire camps this year by creating an exclusive virtual programme called Camp in the Cloud.

The charity is also engaging its larger audience through its Activity Blitz, a project which offers activities for all children and families in lockdown to participate in at home, which currently appears on social media platforms three times a week.

However, to ensure further continuation of the camps, Over The Wall has launched an urgent emergency appeal.

Kevin Mathieson, CEO at Over The Wall, said: “Today, we are launching an appeal for funding, to essentially help ensure the survival of Over The Wall– and would therefore gratefully receive any support the public can offer.

“We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone, but any support now would be critical in us securing the future of the charity.

“The coronavirus has had such a severe impact on our fundraising programme, that we have already adopted a range of different measures in an attempt to ensure the survival of Over The Wall.

“Whilst we know the coronavirus will one day be beaten –we are unsure of the continuation of our charity.

“So, if you can, please help us to ensure that Over The Wall survives these difficult times.”

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