Crerar Trust helps support Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Club

Crerar Trust has donated £15,000 to Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Caledonian Club to help support the education of children and young people in the city where it has established its new GoGlasgow Urban Hotel, Paisley Road West. 

The donation will support the award-winning club’s work to raise educational aspirations and build confidence in young people and their families from schools in Barmulloch, Castlemilk, Dennistoun, Drumchapel and Springburn.

Graham Urquhart, General Manager of GoGlasgow Urban Hotel, presented a special cheque to GCU’s Nathan Tagg, Caledonian Club Manager, Hannah Johnston, GCU’s Development, Alumni Relations and Events’ Development Manager, and Zoe Chatterton, Caledonian Club Development Officer, on September 8. 

Nathan said:  “The Caledonian Club is delighted to receive this generous donation from Crerar Trust. The donation will support the work of GCU’s award-winning club in communities across Glasgow, developing key life skills and raising the educational aspirations of young people and their families. Since its establishment in 2008, the Club has worked with over 11,000 young people from nursery through to sixth year and close to 3,000 family members to widen access to higher education and help build key life skills that will help young people to reach their potential. The Crerar Hotels Trust donation will help us to continue providing this life-enhancing support.”

The Club, GCU’s flagship widening participation initiative, works with children from nursery-age to sixth year and their families on innovative in-school and on-campus projects focusing on arts and language, future aspirations, transition and enterprise.

Chairman of Crerar Trust, Paddy Crerar, said supporting the growth and development of young people in local communities is a key priority for the trust.

“To encourage talent, to see children and young adults acquire new skills, confidence and interests is of great importance to us,” Paddy said.

Jill Watt, GCU’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations, said “As a University for the Common Good, GCU is committed to delivering social impact and benefit through education, research and innovation. We are thrilled to receive this donation from Crerar Trust to support the unique work of the Caledonian Club, one of GCU’s many incredible projects transforming lives in Glasgow and in communities around the world.”