The Oban Times - - Districts -

A BOW­MORE char­ity has re­ceived a grant of £4,560 from the Bank of Scot­land Foun­da­tion to help with staff and run­ning costs of its aqua care ther­apy pro­ject.

Is­lay and Jura Com­mu­nity En­ter­prises is just one of the 118 Scottish char­i­ties which ben­e­fited from the £1,426,180 fund dur­ing 2016.

A foun­da­tion spokesper­son ex­plained: ‘More than 30 years ago, par­ents on the is­lands were con­cerned their chil­dren lived sur­rounded by wa­ter and so, in 1989, Is­lay and Jura Com­mu­nity En­ter­prises Ltd was cre­ated to teach chil­dren to swim.

‘The com­mu­nity raised enough money to con­vert a re­dun­dant whisky bond on the Isle of Is­lay, cre­at­ing the Mac­tag­gart Leisure Cen­tre.

‘The leisure cen­tre will pro­vide aqua ther­apy ses­sions for those with dis­abil­i­ties or long-term con­di­tions, de­liv­ered by vol­un­teers and su­per­vised by trained life­guards. Not only will the clients ben­e­fit from the swimming lessons, it will also of­fer the car­ers some much-needed respite.’

Philip Grant, chair of the foun­da­tion’s board of trus­tees said: ‘ Find­ing the fund­ing to con­tinue oper­at­ing is a pres­sure char­i­ties reg­u­larly face, so we’re de­lighted to pro­vide a grant. The work these char­i­ties do is in­valu­able.’

The sec­ond tranche of 2017 for small and medium grants is now open, and char­i­ties have un­til April 7 to ap­ply.

The Mac­tag­gart Leisure Cen­tre.

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