Kinghorn lunch club tucks into a cash boost

Elsie Tribe with the Morrisons staff. Pic: FPA
Elsie Tribe with the Morrisons staff. Pic: FPA

Members of Kinghorn Lunch Club have been toasting their cash boost after receiving the top award of £3000 in the Bank of Scotland Community Fund scheme.

The club was one of four local community groups which applied for the chance to win awards of £3000, £2000, £1000 and £500.

The Rabbit Braes Development Group, St Brycedale Playgroup, Kinghorn Lunch Club and 11th Fife (1st Burntisland) Scout Group all scooped funding, but it was up to locals to decide what they got.

Kinghorn Lunch Club was awarded £3000, the 1st Burntisland Scout Group was given £2000, the Rabbit Braes Development Group was awarded £1000 and St Brycedale Playgroup was awarded £500.

It is a national initiative with banks in each local area inviting groups to apply for the funding and locals had to vote for their chosen group to win the cash.

The votes were cast between September 2 and October 10, with people voting in branch, online, via SMS text message, and, for the first time, on Twitter.

The votes were counted recently for the Bank of Scotland branches in Kirkcaldy and Kinghorn with the results being officially announced earlier this month.

Elsie Tribe, chairman of Kinghorn Lunch Club, said: “We were so pleased to come first in the awards! We are delighted with the money and it will help to keep us going for the next couple of years.

“We started off with around 12 members and now we have 25! The lunch club meets on a Friday in Kinghorn Community Centre. We usually have tea/coffee, entertainment -whether that be a talk or advice given by visiting groups or speakers or a demonstration - as well as visits to places like Morrisons so the members can get their shopping.”

She added: “We have been marking our first birthday as Morrisons celebrates its first birthday in Kirkcaldy.”

Mike Moran, director, Bank of Scotland, said: “It has been fantastic to see so many members of the public nominating and voting for good causes in the 2014 Bank of Scotland Community Fund.”

He added: “Looking at all the wonderful causes that the Community Fund awards will go towards is truly heartening to see.”