Christmas gifts for local groups
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