Charity begins at home in Fife

Bikeworks in Glenrothes receives cheque from Fife Jubilee Fund. Handing over the cheque is Fife Chamber of Commerce's Eric Byiers
Bikeworks in Glenrothes receives cheque from Fife Jubilee Fund. Handing over the cheque is Fife Chamber of Commerce's Eric Byiers

They say that charity begins at home and that couldn’t be more true for one community funding group.

The Glenrothes-based Fife Jubilee Fund, first established just over a year ago, was formed by members of the Fife business community to provide support for disadvantaged people and groups in the Kingdom.

It aims to help those who require support due to physical or mental health issues or those who need assistance due to social or financial circumstances.

It welcomes requests for financial or other help from established voluntary groups and charity organisations across Fife.

Raymond Brooks from the Trust is keen to point out that any organisations can apply as long as they are operating in Fife.

He said: “We are here to help anyone that needs it and any charity group can approach us for help and if we can, then we will.

“We receive our funding in the form of donations from the business community and help financially and also by providing equipment and premises if needed.

“So far we have helped out Glenrothes Foodbank and although we are not flying the flag at full mast so to speak, we want people to know that we are out there.

“The more people know that we are available, the more that we can help organisations that need it,” Raymond continued.

“Our vision is to help build thriving communities in a way that leaves a permanent legacy - helping good ideas grow from inception to scale.”

Recently an unusual charity benefitted from the Jubilee Fund.

Bikeworks Fife, which isalso based in Glenrothes, received a cash boost of £1000.

The charity provides reconditioned bikes, cycle based training and education courses within its Castleblair Business Park premises.

It offers basic and industry standard professional qualifications and a range of workshops.

It also promotes and support volunteering across Fife.

Andrew Bowie from the charity is delighted with the donation.

He said: “Bikeworks is most grateful and humbled for the kind donation from the Fife Jubilee Fund.

“The generosity of this gift will enable Bikeworks to enhance its facilities and ensure it continues to promote the benefits of cycling and its efforts in recycling unwanted and discarded cycles.”

For more information or to apply for funding, visit the website www.fifejubileefund.co.uk