Staff, volunteers and visitors at Arden House in Leven are celebrating after scooping £50,000 in the People’s Millions competition.
The Commercial Road organisation won the cash after receiving the most votes of the three runners up in the STV-led competition, which ran last week. It joins three other projects in Edinburgh whichwere each awarded thousands of pounds to improve their communities.
Arden House manager Margaret Gear was delighted. She told the Mail: “We are all just absolutely ecstatic.
“When we found out we hadn’t got enough votes in the phone-in, we were a bit deflated but then we were told we’d won the runner-up prize so everyone was delighted. And it has worked out brilliantly as we are getting the full amount we asked for.”
Margaret said the staff and volunteers at Arden House had worked incredibly hard before the vote day.
“We have to say thank you to everyone, especially the staff for all of their hard work, and to the organisations and businesses for all of their support,” she added.
“Also, Robert Scott, who dedicates so much of his time - it wouldn’t have been possible without him.”
Jackie Killeen, director at the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “People’s Millions is a great way for people to get behind hard working projects doing great things for their communities.
“This is a brilliant result – hanks to everyone that voted and helped to improve local lives in their communities.”
Gordon Macmillan, head of news at STV, added: “The support from STV viewers has been tremendous year after year and I would urge people to carry on backing their neighbourhood projects.
“This is a fantastic chance for people to have their say in how Lottery cash, which is set aside for good causes, can enhance their local area.”
With the £50,000 funding, Arden House can now carry out ‘Operation Cooks’, a long desire to provide hot meals on-site for all visitors
Margaret explained: “Up until now we’ve had to use meal on wheels. It is hoped that we can deal with complex dietary requirements to allow people with special dietary needs to be catered for. This will also allow them to be discharged from hospital quicker if there is a place for them to come to. Trained catering staff will prepare the food on site and service users will help with the menu planning and have an input into what they would like to see on the menus.”
Margaret said Arden House hopes this new facility will enable it to offer even more day care places.