Charity receives funding boost

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A Stonehaven based charity which helps support disabled children has received a massive cash boost this week after being announced as one of the winners of funding from the RBS Community Force project.

Friends of Carronhill School won funding after they received a high number of votes in the RBS scheme.

The RBS community force project invited local, community based charities in Scotland to enter to receive funding.

Over 1000 projects registered with the scheme.

The public were then asked to vote for projects in their local area who they wanted to get funding.

Of the 1096 projects who entered, there were 82 winners who got the highest number of votes.

The friends of Carronhill School received 485 votes to secure funding.

Member of the friends of Carronhill School, Lesley Rennie, whose daughter attends the school applied for the funding and says they are “delighted” to have won.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted, it was all done by a voting system we used it on Facebook and online and we just spoke to lots of people. We were the top in the district and we have been given £6275.

“This year we have been doing fundraising for our new bus. This makes a huge contribution to the amount needed.” Due to the number of modifications needed to be made to the school bus the charity has had to raise £42,000 for it, however Lesley explained that with the RBS money they are “almost there.”

Friends of Carronhill School are always findraising in order to provide equiptment for Carronhill School.

Leslety said: “We are always fundraising. After the bus we will move onto something else. The children need a-lot of equipment to help them. Many cannot communicate, which is frustrating for them, so we are looking into equiptment we can get which will help them to communicate.”

Carronhill School is one of only 4 schools for children with Additional Support Needs in Aberdeenshire. It has approximately 35 children with a range of conditions including Cerebral palsy, Autism, Downs Syndrome and learning disabilities

The Friends of Carronhill School are a group of parents, staff and friends who get together regularly to discuss ways of fund raising in order to support the school.

With Christmas fayres, sponsored walks, supermarket bagpacks and various other social events the local community play a large part in the fund raising efforts.

CommunityForce is about more than making a financial contribution and so having provided a platform for projects to raise awareness of their work, RBS is now giving their time to the charities and is also encouraging others to volunteer.

They have a full list of charities in the local area who are looking for volunteers visit www.communityforce.rbs.co.uk to see a list of projects who are seeking volunteers.