A gesture of kindness
Due to the large amount of people who take toys for Annie to Mary King’s Close, they have to be removed from the room every three months. All of them are donated to charitable organisations that distribute them to those most in need.
The buried city of Edinburgh was built in the Middle Ages. Space was limited, it wasn’t possible to build more houses and attacks from invaders stopped the city from expanding because it was dangerous to live outside of the city walls. The rich built upwards, which meant the creation of the first apartment block buildings in the 16th century, and the poor built downwards, creating an underground city that today remains in exactly the same location.
The lower classes had to learn to live in a gloomy, damp space with hardly any ventilation. Sunlight couldn’t enter and there was no access to water, and to round things off, the waste from the flats above ground were thrown down onto them. It didn’t take long for disease to spread, but it was the bubonic plague that would turn this place into a real graveyard. When someone fell sick, they were isolated by being locked up at home to contain the epidemic, which meant that they ended up infecting all the members of their family. Corpses piled up in the streets from this underworld until the gravediggers came to collect them.