EXCLUSIVE: Scots city to receive £100k due to charity’s family ties
DONATION: Trevor Pears of the Pears Foundation
A NUMBER of charities in Scotland will receive an early Christmas present this week in a form of a completely unexpected cash windfall.
Each December, the millionaire family behind the Pears Foundation make a series of surprise festive donations based on one theme – such as homelessness or old age.
This year, the brothers Trevor, Mark and David Pears have chosen to focus on Glasgow as it was the birthplace of their late mother, Clarice Talisman Pears.
They are now sending out cheques of between £5,000 and £10,000 to 16 charities operating in the city, totalling more than £100,000, which should arrive in the post within the next couple of days.
Last night, the brothers confirmed they had been inspired to choose Glasgow by their mother, who was born in the city’s south side in the 1930s.
They said: “She was born and raised at the family home in Lochside Street, Shawlands by her parents Abraham – an electrical/wireless appliance dealer – and Hannah Castle.
“She came to London for work in her early twenties and met our father. Unfortunately she passed away some 15 years ago so we cannot ask for her personal abiding memories of the city.
“However, we vividly recall one of her favourite expressions being, ‘Do you think I came up the Clyde on a bicycle?’.
“We are very proud of our Scottish roots and have a deep affection for Scotland. We are delighted to be supporting some terrific people and organisations in Glasgow.”