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Clowndoctors back supporting families in Fife

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The Clowndoctors are back in the Kingdom supporting families of local charity Nourish Support Centre thanks to funding from ExxonMobil

A charity has resumed its vital services in a local authority thanks to support from a corporate partner.

Hearts and Minds and Nourish Support Centre are pleased to announce they are working together again to support Fife families thanks to help towards funding from ExxonMobil at Mossmorran.

In June ExxonMobil workers selected Hearts and Minds as one of its charities to support in 2021 due to an ambition to support families facing adversity by bringing them joy, laughter and creative engagement through the Clowndoctors Programme.

In summer 2020 during the first lockdown the Clowndoctors delivered virtual visits to Nourish families direct to their homes. Hearts and Minds wanted to develop their work further with Fife charity Nourish and help support their families with monthly Clowndoctor sessions. The generous funding from ExxonMobil workers of £5,000 will help part fund these much-needed visits over the next 12 months.

Nourish Support Centre was founded in 2011 by five parents who felt there was a lack of support for families who had children with additional support needs in the Kirkcaldy area. A lot of the children and families that access Nourish have met the Clowndoctors before at hospital or at respite care at hospices and are excited to see them again but this time with their siblings and families.

Lynne Scott of Nourish said: “The smiles and laughter that the Clowndoctors bring to the children who use our services is just amazing, and it’s not just the young people who benefit, the whole family gain some quality time together having some fun time away from the day to day challenges they face. “

Louise Russell from ExxonMobil commented: “We were delighted that safe working practices during our recent plant improvement project enabled us to raise this money for Hearts and Minds, which was nominated by one of our workers.

“These visits will help bring happiness to many local youngsters and their families at a time when it is much needed.”

Rebecca Simpson, chief executive, Hearts and Minds said: “We are delighted to be able to support Nourish and their families with a brand-new programme of monthly visits kindly funded by Exxon Mobil. These visits will deliver much needed laughter, creativity and imagination to children who are vulnerable especially in current times.”