Hope Kitchen is nom­i­nated for na­tional Char­ity of Year

The Oban Times - - News - SANDY NEIL sneil@oban­times.co.uk

OBAN’S Hope Kitchen has been named as a Char­ity of the Year fi­nal­ist in the Scot­tish Char­ity Awards.

Or­gan­ised by the Scot­tish Coun­cil for Vol­un­tary Or­gan­i­sa­tions (SCVO), the awards cel­e­brate the life- chang­ing work of char­i­ties, com­mu­nity groups and in­di­vid­u­als ded­i­cated to mak­ing Scot­land a bet­ter place to live.

Hope Kitchen’s elated ser­vice man­ager Lor­raine MacCormick said: ‘ We can­not be­lieve it. They had hun­dreds of en­tries and now they’re down to the fi­nal four. We are de­lighted and stunned.’

Last year Hope Kitchen se­cured a Big Lot­tery grant of £150,000 and, dur­ing April, its Take in a Tin cam­paign led to 800 cans of food and half again in dried food be­ing do­nated by bene­fac­tors.

Ser­vice su­per­vi­sor Beth Camp­bell said: ‘ The char­ity should be right­fully proud, and it is down to the hard work of vol­un­teers. With­out the vol­un­teers, there would not be any­thing.’

Martin Sime, SCVO’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: ‘Year af­ter year, Scot­tish char­i­ties and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions prove them­selves to be bea­cons for cre­ativ­ity, tenac­ity and in­no­va­tion. This year’s Scot­tish Char­ity Awards fi­nal­ists demon­strate these qual­i­ties in abun­dance and are shin­ing ex­am­ples of how peo­ple can work to­gether to make Scot­land a bet­ter place.’

All short­listed en­tries will also com­pete for the Peo­ple’s Choice Award, which will be de­cided by the pub­lic via on­line vot­ing. The win­ners will be an­nounced at a cer­e­mony in the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre on Thurs­day June 22.

Pic­tured left to right are Beth Camp­bell and Lor­raine MacCormick.

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