Glenrothes bank cash for local childrens charity

Bank of Scotland staff Mhairi, Ann, Sharon and Vicki with Andy and Jennifer (with Rory & Micah) from Love Oliver. Pic: FPA
Bank of Scotland staff Mhairi, Ann, Sharon and Vicki with Andy and Jennifer (with Rory & Micah) from Love Oliver. Pic: FPA
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Locals are being urged to cast their votes to give a special Fife charity a cash injection.

The Bank of Scotland has launched its national Community Fund award scheme and the Glenrothes branch has grouped together with branches in Leven and St Andrews to give four local community groups the chance to win awards of £3000, £2000, £1000 and £500.

LoveOliver has been shortlisted along with other causes in North East Fife and it will be up to locals to decide how much funding the charity receives.

LoveOliver was set up by parents Jennifer and Andy Gill following the death of their 24-week-old son Oliver Gill to a rare form of cancer on Christmas Day 2010 and has since raised over £170,000.

LoveOliver, which was started in 2011, helps to fund research into childhood cancer and to provide practical support to families affected by it, in memory of baby Oliver Gill.

Donations have also been made to other areas of research. LoveOliver also provides practical support to families at the Royal Hospitals for Sick Children in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Andy and Jennifer Gill are committed to the aims of the charity and to keeping Oliver’s smile and story alive.

Elaine Kinghorn, manager of the Glenrothes Bank of Scotland branch, said: “This is a national initiative with banks in each area inviting groups to apply for the funding.

“Locals can vote either by placing tokens in the slot for their chosen charity at the branch, vote online at bankofscotland.co.uk/communityfund, by text or by tweet until October 10.” She added: “LoveOliver is a worthy cause and will be known in the area.”