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Father's Christmas Tree now in place


For many dads and other family members who are denied contact with their children,  Christmas Day is just one of the worst days of the year. The pain of separation from their children on this supposedly family day can seem like too much to bear for some dads.

A fathers' Christmas Tree has been situated in the Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh's High Street.

Storyteller Tim Porteus, who runs story workshops for dads, explained the idea behind the tree. "It's called the Fathers' Christmas Tree, and it is a small but symbolic attempt to recognise that for many fathers with access problems, Christmas is an extremely painful time, when separation from their children becomes especially unbearable"

"Dads, or any family member denied access to a child during this time, can come and place a yellow ribbon on the tree. If they don't live nearby they can leave a message on the Facebook site and a ribbon will be placed there for them."

FNF Scotland is happy to support this venture, and we have also published a set of tips for separated families at Christmas.