Char­ity’s thir­ti­eth birth­day

Open Door launch‘new look’

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Mar­jorie Kerr

a West Loth­ian char­ity has marked a land­mark an­niver­sary.

open Door ac­com­mo­da­tion project helps home­less young peo­ple across the area.

and it cel­e­brated its 30th birth­day with a spe­cial event in Liv­ingston.

the event saw the launch of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ‘new look’ and logo and web­site, which was de­signed by two In­veral­mond acad­emy pupils, Kayleigh speirs and Emi­ley Beasley.

pic­tured are Chelsea Cairns and neil Miller who spoke at the event, along with Claire neill, the char­ity’s direc­tor and open Door staff.

A West Loth­ian char­ity, which helps the area’s young home­less peo­ple, has cel­e­brated its 30th an­niver­sary.

Open Door Ac­com­mo­da­tion Project marked the event at its AGM last Thurs­day (Novem­ber 23).

The event at Deer Park in Liv­ingston brought to­gether a wide range of peo­ple who have con­trib­uted to the good work of the char­ity.

There were over 60 peo­ple in at­ten­dance, with mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment provided by Si­mon Scott and Scott Nis­bett.

The event saw the launch of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s ‘ new look’ and logo and web­site, which was de­signed by two In­veral­mond Acad­emy pupils, Kayleigh Speirs and Emi­ley Beasley.

Claire Neill, the char­ity’s direc­tor said the girls’ work was much ap­pre­ci­ated by the group.

She said: “The time and ef­fort they put into this can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated. They are an ab­so­lute credit to their school and we are ex­tremely grate­ful.”

The char­ity also held the in­au­gu­ral ‘Ste­vie Henry Awards’, set up in mem­ory of lo­cal Bath­gate man, Ste­vie Henry, who sadly died last year.

The ac­co­lades recog­nise the work of peo­ple who have given back to their com­mu­ni­ties.

This year’s award win­ners were Si­mon Scott, Scott Nis­bett, Steven Bell, Alan Perry and Stacy McNab, who do­nated in ex­cess of £1000 to Open Door ear­lier this year, Kayleigh and Emi­ley for their work on the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s re­design, and fi­nally Chelsea Cairns and Neil Miller for over­com­ing ad­ver­sity and sup­port­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Open Door.

Claire Neill added: “Thanks to Chelsea and Neil for shar­ing their own per­sonal sto­ries at the event.

“We plan to make the awards an an­nual event and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on th­ese will be re­leased soon, along with in­for­ma­tion on other new ser­vices.

“Thanks to all who have sup­ported the or­gan­i­sa­tion over the pre­vi­ous 30 years, in­clud­ing our var­i­ous fun­ders.

“Thanks also to our board, and our ex­tremely hard work­ing and com­mit­ted staff team who are al­ways will­ing to go the ex­tra mile to help West Loth­ian’s young home­less.”


De­sign­ers Kayleigh Speirs and Emi­ley Beasley came up with the group’s new logo


Char­ity champs Si­mon Scott, Scott Nis­bett, Steven Bell, Alan Perry and Stacy McNab who do­nated funds to the group


Celebration Direc­tor Claire Neill with the board of Open Door.

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