An initiative offering low income families and pensioners the chance to get away to the fresh air has embarked on a fundraising drive.

Clydebank Group Holiday Project, a non-profit which has been funded by the National Lottery, Glasgow Airport and St Nicholas Care Funds, was founded in 1988.

The group own a static caravan in Sandylands, Fife, which can be hired for a week at a small cost, allowing people to experience a break they might not otherwise get.

But the project needs funding to refurbish the decking at the site and pay for a safety gate at the caravan.

Margaret Campbell, the letting officer at Clydebank Group Holiday Project, said: “The caravan is fully equipped. We provide passes for the club house and swimming pool. It’s an excellent project but it’s hard work trying to get the money.”

Margaret initially got involved in the project through her late husband Graham, one of the original founders.

“At the time he said I was mad to take it on board,” she said. "He knew it would be hard to get the project off the ground, but he was really chuffed when I did manage.

“He was my advisor. I can talk to people but ask me to fill in forms and stuff, I would rather tell my story than write it down. He would advise me, and I miss him for that.

“If you ask any families that have been down on holiday or any pensioners they think it’s great. It takes you away from the concrete jungle. Sandylands is on the shoreline. It’s not a Benidorm beach but for kids it’s another world.

“Throwing stones in the water and seeing jellyfish. They don’t see jellyfish running around Clydebank. It’s an adventure, as my man used to say, ‘away from the humdrum life’.”

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