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Bulgarian children to benefit from Blythswood Care shoebox appeal


By Ian Duncan

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Caley Thistle's Nikolay Todorov helping pupils from Holm Primary with the Blythswood shoebox appeal.
Caley Thistle's Nikolay Todorov helping pupils from Holm Primary with the Blythswood shoebox appeal.

MORE than 6500 shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts are on their way to Bulgaria from Inverness.

The collection was co-ordinated by the Blythswood Care charity as part of its annual appeal for those in need across Europe with volunteers at the Culduthel Christian Centre helping sort and pack donations.

Caley Thistle’s Bulgarian striker Nikolay Todorov visited the centre last week to see the operation in action and felt it was good that the people of Inverness wanted to help those in his homeland.

“There are people there who are living on £150 a month – I can’t imagine that,” he said.

“It’s nice to see people have something to give.”

The 23-year-old striker said he would like to help with the campaign next year.

“I would be honoured to, if I can help, it’s great to see – especially if it is for kids who don’t have much and can’t afford presents,” he said. “You don’t need to be a millionaire to give back.”

Pupils from nearby Holm Primary, who donated 76 boxes that they filled themselves, were helping out with organisation when Mr Todorov visited.

Nine-year-old Adam Bodie said: “It’s helping lots of children that don’t have any presents on Christmas morning. They are going to have such a nice surprise and have the best Christmas.”


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