A £2,000 donation has helped keep a social enterprise on the road.

Heavy Sound is one of dozens of charities and good causes to have benefited from the STV Children’s Appeal.

The national good cause has granted more than £1.5 million to children’s groups across Scotland since the coronavirus crisis began.

Cockenzie-based Heavy Sound was among those benefiting from the money raised by the Emergency Coronavirus Campaign.

The county charity works with young people who have experienced trauma or barriers, helping them to re-engage through musical projects such as songwriting or DJing.

However, since the Covid-19 outbreak, Heavy Sound has closed its normal projects.

Instead, it has provided food and other essential resources to vulnerable youngsters in Edinburgh and East Lothian.

The charity received a £2,000 donation from the STV Children’s Appeal to help its efforts.

Jordan Butler, Heavy Sound’s founder, was delighted with the four-figure sum.

He said: “The support we’ve received from the STV Children’s Appeal has helped us deliver more than 1,000 meals each day to young people and families who’ve found themselves in urgent need of help since this crisis began.

“Specifically, the donation from the appeal contributed to the cost of a new vehicle, which was critically important and allowed our staff and volunteers to collect and deliver the food to those who need it across the local area.”

About £100,000 of the seven-figure total was donated by the public in just two months via the appeal’s Emergency Coronavirus Campaign – with the remainder coming from the 2019 STV Children’s Appeal and the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund.

In partnership with the National Emergencies Trust (NET), the appeal launched its Emergency Coronavirus Campaign in April to support the thousands of vulnerable children and young people severely impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent national lockdown in Scotland.

The first phase of the campaign closed last month.

Phase two is focusing more closely on how charities are using the donations from generous Scots to improve the lives of the children they work with, as the appeal seeks to raise additional funds to help those in need.

Simon Pitts, chief executive of STV and trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “We knew when we launched this campaign in April that our generous viewers wouldn’t hesitate in lending their support to those hit hardest by Covid-19 in Scotland.

“It’s great to see that all of the donations from the past two months, along with the other funds being distributed by the appeal, are making such a difference.”

Readers can support the STV Children’s Appeal’s Emergency Coronavirus Campaign by texting FIVE or TEN to donate £5 or £10 to 70607.