A pupil from Barrhead is part of a team of five who helped create a new design for the Scottish Governments’ Baby Box.
The new Baby Box was created by a team of five young people, including Emily Wilson, 15, from St. Luke’s High School in Barrhead as the Scottish Government announced a new design in time for Mother’s Day.
The new design features iconic landmarks such as Ben Nevis, Glenfinnan Viaduct and Edinburgh Castle.
New figures have revealed that 20,244 families in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area have benefited from a Baby Box,.
The new boxes will also encourage families to become more environmentally friendly, with parents-to-be receiving a voucher for a reusable cloth nappy, and liners.
Scotland’s Baby Box contains a selection of clothes, as well as every day must-haves, like a bath towel, a travel changing mat, muslin cloth squares, a bib, a digital thermometer, and books.
Across the country, over 80,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered since April 2017.
SNP MSP Tom Arthur said: “Every child, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life.
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“At the heart of the Baby Box is a message about fairness and opportunity, which is why I’m delighted to see that 20244 new families have benefitted from it in Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“96% of expectant parents in Scotland are now requesting a Baby Box – and more than 80,000 have been delivered. That’s a huge vote of confidence in the Baby Box.
“Given how beneficial they are to parents and newborns, long may that continue.
“I congratulate local pupil Emily Wilson from St. Luke’s High School in Barrhead on being part of the team who created the winning design, which was selected from hundreds of entries during a nationwide Young Scot competition celebrating the Year of Young People.
“This is an excellent achievement and a real testament to the burgeoning talent visible throughout Renfrewshire South. ”
From hundreds of entries from a nationwide Young Scot competition celebrating the Year of Young People, the winning design was created by:
- Demi Burnett, 12, from Banff Academy in Macduff.
- Edith Macdonald, 13, from the Community School of Auchterader in Gleneagles.
- Emily Wilson, 15, from St Luke’s High School in Barrhead.
- Holly Henry, 16, from St Columba’s in Kilmacolm.
- Sonny Robertson, 17, from Trinity Academy in Edinburgh.
The winning team received an award from Children’s Minister Maree Todd at the APS distribution centre in Leith where the boxes are printed, filled and sent out to expectant parents.
Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said: “It is wonderful that a new generation of young Scots will be welcomed into the world with a beautiful Baby Box designed by today’s young Scots. I am delighted that 100,000 of these boxes will spark joy in households across the country over the coming years, and I thank every young person who has been involved in their creation.”
Main photo is the current design of the babybox.