Fundrais­ing ball col­lects nearly £7500

Com­pany’s an­nual event

West Lothian Courier - - News - Mar­jorie Kerr

An an­nual fundraiser has col­lected al­most £ 7500 for char­ity.

The Ash­wood Scot­land Foun­da­tion, which was set-up over a decade ago by the Bath­gate-based con­struc­tion com­pany Ash­wood Scot­land, raised the money at its lat­est An­nual Ball.

Over 140 guests at­tended the event held at the Hil­croft Ho­tel in Whit­burn where a Brass Ensem­ble from Deans Com­mu­nity High School played Christ­mas car­ols dur­ing din­ner.

A to­tal of £ 7496 was raised with the funds be­ing dis­trib­uted be­tween Friends of Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren West Loth­ian, Simp­son Ba­bies and Marie Curie Hospice.

Archie Meikle, manag­ing direc­tor of Ash­wood Scot­land Ltd and Trustee of the Ash­wood Scot­land foun­da­tion, gave a well in­formed and, at times, emo­tional speech about the ster­ling­work un­der­taken by Friends of Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren West Loth­ian who re­ceived a cheque for £5500 with the bal­ance dis­trib­uted be­tween the other char­i­ties and worth­while causes the foun­da­tion sup­ports.

He said: “Our an­nual fundrais­ing ball is al­ways a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one who at­tends and this year was no dif­fer­ent. Pre­sen­ta­tion David Char­man and Archie Meikle of Ash­wood Scot­land with An­drea Wood-Kidd and Adela Keenan of Friends of Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren West Loth­ian

“Since the Foun­da­tion was formed we are proud to have raised well over £125,000 for our nom­i­nated char­i­ties. It seems peo­ple’s gen­eros­ity has no bounds.”

Ash­wood, which was founded in 1999, em­ploys 75 peo­ple.

It is cur­rently ac­tive on a num­ber of pres­ti­gious con­tracts for Univer­sity of Ed­in­burgh, City of Ed­in­burgh & the Royal Zo­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety Ed­in­burgh.

“The start of next year prom­ises to be ex­tremely ac­tive with a num­ber of new projects com­ing on stream, all of which are due for com­ple­tion in the first half of 2018,” added Mr Meikle.

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