Christ­mas gifts for lo­cal groups

The Galloway News - - FESTIVE CHEER -

BY STU­ART GILLESPIE One of the Ste­wartry’s big­gest em­ploy­ers has handed out a £90,000 Christ­mas present.

Cas­tle MacLel­lan sur­prised Kirkcud­bright’s scouts, devel­op­ment trust and army cadets, as well as Cas­tle Dou­glas High School, by pre­sent­ing them with a share of the fund­ing boost.

The pate pro­duc­ers are part of the Kavli Trust and each year they donate prof­its to char­i­ties and good causes with em­ploy­ees at the Kirkcud­bright fac­tory choos­ing the four to ben­e­fit this year.

Kirkcud­bright Scouts were handed a fan­tas­tic £55,000 to­wards work on im­prov­ing their hall with an ex­ten­sion pro­vid­ing a mod­ern kitchen and new, ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets.

Derek Collins, of the hall com­mit­tee, said: “I’m de­lighted to ac­cept this gen­er­ous do­na­tion that will help to im­prove our hall to bring it into the 21st cen­tury to pro­vide a safe and user friendly en­vi­ron­ment with fa­cil­i­ties fit for pur­pose where lo­cal young­sters and youth groups will be able to de­velop im­por­tant life skills.”

“I think it’s won­der­ful that Cas­tle MacLel­lan gives back to the lo­cal com­mu­nity each year and on be­half of those who use Kirkcud­bright Scout Hall we can’t thank em­ploy­ees enough for the nom­i­na­tion.”

Kirkcud­bright Devel­op­ment Trust re­ceived £15,000 to­wards plans to turn the old John­ston School build­ing into a com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity fea­tur­ing a youth ac­tiv­ity cen­tre, gin dis­tillery and dark skies plan­e­tar­ium.

The trust’s John John­son said: “We’re work­ing hard to re­store the much-loved build­ing at the for­mer John­ston School and Cas­tle MacLel­lan’s gen­eros­ity puts us one step closer to achiev­ing that.

“On be­half of the devel­op­ment trust, I would like to of­fer thanks to Cas­tle MacLel­lan col­leagues who were schooled there and nom­i­nated us for this muchap­pre­ci­ated sup­port.”

Cas­tle Dou­glas High School was handed £10,000 which will be used to by equip­ment for its learn­ing cen­tre.

Head teacher James Smith said: “The learn­ing cen­tre is at the heart of the school and takes in young peo­ple from across the Ste­wartry whose com­plex phys­i­cal, de­vel­op­men­tal and/or learn­ing needs mean that main­stream ed­u­ca­tion is not al­ways the most vi­able op­tion.”

And Kirkcud­bright Army Cadets re­ceived a sim­i­lar amount to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties in their meet­ing hall.

The cadets’ Rhona Maxwell said: “This very gen­er­ous do­na­tion has been a won­der­ful early Christ­mas gift. The build­ing cur­rently can’t be used to its full po­ten­tial and some ac­tiv­i­ties can’t be car­ried out due to the re­pairs re­quired and lack of equip­ment and safe stor­age.

“The fund­ing from Cas­tle MacLel­lan will mean more young peo­ple will be able to ben­e­fit from what Army Cadets can of­fer.”

Cas­tle MacLel­lan’s gen­eral man­ager, Elaine McCon­nell, said: “We’re ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be able to present four very wor­thy causes with this do­na­tion. Char­ity is the back­bone of ev­ery­thing we do here at Cas­tle MacLel­lan and sup­port­ing our lo­cal com­mu­nity is of para­mount im­por­tance to us.”

Gen­er­ous dona­tions A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Cas­tle MacLel­lan with mem­bers of the or­gan­i­sa­tions which re­ceived cash

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