Oban play­park group wins award

The Oban Times - - Districts -

FRIENDS of Oban Com­mu­nity Play­park have won the Cel­e­brat­ing Com­mu­ni­ties award at the Scot­tish Char­ity Awards.

Group rep­re­sen­ta­tives were pre­sented with their award at cer­e­mony at the As­sem­bly Rooms in Ed­in­burgh on June 9.

The awards, or­gan­ised by the Scot­tish Coun­cil for Vol­un­tary Or­gan­i­sa­tions (SCVO), cel­e­brate the life- chang­ing dif­fer­ence peo­ple and char­i­ties make across Scot­land.

Friends of Oban Com­mu­nity Play­park won the award for cre­at­ing an in­clu­sive out­door ac­tive play­park for chil­dren aged two to 15 years in the town. More than 40 per cent of the funds for the park were raised by the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

El­iz­a­beth Cot­tier, from the Friends, said: ‘ We are so de­lighted to win this amaz­ing award. We could not have done this with­out the sup­port of the whole of Oban and the sur­round­ing vil­lages. It’s a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity that re­ally pulled out all the stops to sup­port the fundrais­ing in so many in­spir­ing ways.

‘ We must also men­tion the un­fal­ter­ing ded­i­ca­tion of our chair­woman Lyn­d­say El­liott, the rest of the com­mit­tee mem­bers and all the sup­port we have re­ceived from Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, At­lantis Leisure, Wick­steed Ltd, Sport Scot­land and the many other char­i­ties that pro­vided us with fund­ing.’

Shu­lah Al­lan, con­vener of SCVO, said: ‘I’m in awe of all the fi­nal­ists and win­ners. Thanks to their ef­forts, more peo­ple in Scot­land are re­ceiv­ing the sup­port they need when they need it and we’re all more aware of im­por­tant is­sues and causes which af­fect vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and us all.’

Fiona Sharples and Liz Cot­tier, from Friends of Oban Com­mu­nity Play­park, re­ceive their award from TV pre­sen­ter Kaye Adams, left, and Re­becca Pritchard from Tri­o­dos Bank, one of the spon­sors.

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