People in north east Fife are being urged to get voting and help a unique local charity scoop almost £47,000 of lottery cash.
STAR – Siblings Together and Reunited – showcased its project, A STAR For All Seasons, on STV North on Monday afternoon.
It’s one of five groups in the region to have made it through to the finals of the Peoples Projects competition.
Now it’s up to the viewing public to choose their favourite before voting closes on April 3.
“At STAR we provide the opportunity for regular and quality contact for brothers and sisters separated in care or through adoption,” explains the charity’s founder Karen Morrison.
“STAR was and still remains the first of its kind and our journey has been such a huge challenge to get where we are today but it has been more than worthwhile seeing first-hand the difference we are making – we have 100 per cent positive feedback and monthly bookings 12 months in advance.
“Our project, A STAR For All Seasons, will allow us to make sure our facility can be accessible and remain magical every month of the year.
“This project will help STAR’s volunteer base increase and develop in response to the growing demand for our service by recruiting and training more people.
“STAR’s websites will also be updated, solar panels will be installed to generate electricity in our stables and poly tunnel to allow longer visits during the winter months and a tree house will be purchased.”
Based on a farm at East Flisk, near Newburgh, STAR has a garden section and outdoor kitchen, mud kitchen, animal section, a wigwam during the summer, woodland and beach.
It provides a fun and relaxing environment for separated siblings to spend quality time together – and winning the Peoples Projects would mean they could enjoy the facilities all year round.
Said Karen: “STAR is getting busy, with groups now attending every month of the year but we need to ensure the children and young adults that visit have a warm and fun area to replace our wigwam that comes down over winter.”
Voting closes at noon on April 3.
People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote. To support A Star For All Seasons, visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
However, people without email addresses can vote by sending a postcard to ‘Freepost THE PEOPLE’S PROJECTS’ with their name, address, telephone number written on the back along with the name of the project.
Postcards must be received by the closingdate.