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Record View: Child in need of your help.

THE little boy pictured on our front page this morning is barely a toddler, but he has suffered enough tragedy for a lifetime.

His heroin addict mother died from an overdose when he was a few weeks old.

His father, also hooked on heroin, could not look after him even if he wasn't in prison.

The boy is lucky to have loving grandparents who will raise him as their own.

But there is no doubt he is one of Scotland's real children in need.

And there are thousands like him - kids who will never know their parents, youngsters who will be brought up in abject squalor, with no hope of a bright future because of the drugs that rule their parents' lives.

Last night, the annual Children in Need TV jamboree entertained millions of viewers and raised millions in hard cash for truly deserving causes.

Workplace stunts up and down Scotland, including at the Daily Record, boosted a brilliant, generous effort.

But the picture of little Ross reminds all of us that charity begins at home.

Our appeal - Scotland's Communities Against Drugs - was born exactly a year ago. It has so far raised almost pounds 300,000.

The cash will go on projects to wipe out drugs and support recovering addicts in Scotland's most blighted communities.

They are projects offering hope to kids like Ross. Dig deep for them.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 17, 2001
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