In preparation for the possibility of a 'Yes' vote in September, major charities are working together to ensure that should such an eventuality arise, the potential famine and further impoverishment of Scottish children does not go under the radar. With several big employers threatening to withdraw from the country if it votes for independence, and as yet no certainty as to its currency and membership of international institutions, including the EU and NATO, charities such as Oxfam and Action Aid are preparing for the worst.
'We have to recognise that 2015 could be a disastrous year north of the border, and literally thousands of children could suffer incredible hardship', stated Dan Brophy, Action Aid's UK Campaign Manager. 'We believe that the people of England will embrace a child sponsorship scheme in Scotland, just as they have in other deprived nations around the globe'.
Sources at Oxfam have confirmed that they have secured the services of famous Scottish actor and ex-pat, David Tennant, to be the face of the campaign. A series of adverts are being filmed as a precaution, so that fund raising can commence immediately in the event of a yes vote. Quoting directly from the scripts, 'For just £15 a month, a small boy in Hawick can be supplied with enough Irn Bru and deep fried Mars Bars to stave off hunger, and for £30 a month, a girl in Glasgow can be supported to attend Call Centre Training' The adverts show at times harrowing footage of boys having to wear skirts, or 'kilts' as they are known colloquially, as their parents cannot afford trousers or indeed underpants for them.
It is understood that should you sponsor a Scottish child, you will receive a letter from one of the charity's workers in the field to keep you abreast of their progress, and it may even be possible to visit them at some point in the future, albeit current Home Office advice is not to travel north of Jedburgh without an interpreter, and the government cannot guarantee the safety of your wallet.