Levenmouth charities face funding vote

BoS cashier Nicole Tawse with Margaret Gear (manager), Robert Scott (vice chairman) and Amy Mathewson (chair), from Arden House
BoS cashier Nicole Tawse with Margaret Gear (manager), Robert Scott (vice chairman) and Amy Mathewson (chair), from Arden House

Three Levenmouth charities are among four in Fife nominated for a Bank of Scotland community fund award.

Now people across the country are voting for their favourite charities to receive awards of up to £3000 from the bank.

CLEAR Buckhaven – Community-Led Environmental Action for Regeneration – is a voluntary community association established by local residents interested in improving their surroundings and the quality of the local environment.

The group’s activities include planting, litter clearing, recycling and landscaping.

Allen Armstrong, CLEAR’s secretary, welcomed the award: “It will provide some impetus to our ongoing programme to transform the local greenspace,” he said.

“At a time when resources are becoming scarce, even a few hundred pounds enables us to purchase fruit trees and spring bulbs for our autumn-winter programme of planting around town.

“Every new tree or bulb planted is one step closer to creating a more pleasant and productive community.”

LoveOliver is a charity helping to fund research into childhood cancer and to provide practical support to families affected by it.

It was established in memory of Oliver Gill, who was born with an aggressive form of cancer and died on Christmas Day 2010, aged just five months.

His parents, Andy and Jennifer Gill, said a community fund award would be fantastic for LoveOliver: “The practical support we are able to provide to families facing childhood cancer can make a huge difference during their devastating and extremely difficult journeys.

“The award would help us continue this invaluable work, and to provide more items for children who spend many long days on the childhood oncology wards at Edinburgh Sick Kids and Glasgow’s Yorkhill.”

A second Leven-based charity nominated is the Arden House project, which provides day centres for older people in Leven and Methil.

The centres are an opportunity for older people to get out and enjoy social activities and a warm meal in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Margaret Gear, centre manager, said the award meant a lot to Arden House, no matter how much they received.

“Every little helps us and pushes us nearer our goal of getting our new kitchen operational,” she said.

“We hope to have it up and running in time for Christmas to help with the festive lunch for the people we support.”

Each group will receive an award according to the number of votes cast, from £500 up to £4000, and voting is open until October 10 online, by SMS, via Twitter or at a bank branch.