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Eilidh Whiteford, MP for Banff & Buchan

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BUCHAN GROUPS SET TO BENEFIT FROM MARY SALMOND TRUST

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Local groups in Maud, Cuminestown and Turriff are set to benefit from awards from the Mary Salmond Trust.

The latest funding rounds which concluded in December saw Maud-based Buchan Dial-a-Bus subsidiary DAB plus cic gain £500 towards the cost of bringing drivers up to DSA test standards in the voluntary sector, while Cuminestown Youth Active Football gained £500 to assist with the purchase of 2 team kits for 10s and 12s teams and rain jackets. 2nd Turriff Boys’ Brigade also benefited with £500 towards travel costs. Across the North-east, a total of 11 groups received funding this time, sharing almost £5000.

Welcoming the awards, SNP Westminster candidate for Banff & Buchan Eilidh Whiteford said:

“As the UK recession bites, voluntary groups find it more and more difficult to raise funds by conventional means so new sources of funding such as this are always welcome.

“I’m delighted for the groups concerned and I’m sure that these awards will assist them in their activities. Among the things the Trust seeks do is support, promote and develop children and young people’s health, welfare, training, education, civic responsibility and volunteering for the public benefit, which I think are excellent qualities we should be encouraging in our young people.

“I would encourage any group which thinks it may qualify for assistance to get in touch with the Trust.”

The next meeting of Trustees will be held on 17 March 2010 with the closing date for receipt of Applications being 15 March.

Since the Trust was established in the summer of 2007 over £32,000 has been awarded to successful applicants.

Application forms and guidelines can be obtained from Roddy McColl Chairman of the Trust at 11 Burns Road Aberdeen AB15 4NT Tel 01224 313473 email roddy@mccollassociates.com or by accessing them online at http://www.marysalmondtrust.com/

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