Local groups receive grants

Group representatives pictured with grants awarded by the Acorn Centre, Inverurie
Group representatives pictured with grants awarded by the Acorn Centre, Inverurie

Last week Inverurie West Church’s Acorn Centre issued small grants totalling £4800 to 17 local organisations.

The Acorn centre Management Committee had their annual “thank you” event for staff and volunteers followed by cheque presentation to the organisations, which are generated by the gratuities received from customers using the hospitality area in the Centre.

Chairperson Eleanor Mitchell gave thanks to all the staff and volunteers and said, “We are delighted to once again welcome the many volunteers who along with the staff give an excellent service to customers which is clearly reflected in the amount of gratuities the Acorn Centre receives.

“We would, however, always welcome more volunteers at the Centre. I’d also like to thank the sub-committee who take time to consider all the requests for small grants and give careful consideration to each application.”

The 17 organisations receiving cheques this evening represent the broad spectrum of our community, all in their own way having a positive impact on peoples lives.

Receiving grants on the night were: Inverurie Angling Association, Meldrum Academy RDA Group, Inverurie Events, CLAN, Inverurie Indoor Bowling Club (Wyness Hall), St Andrew’s Church Playgroup, Port Elphinstone Lunch Club, Millbank Hall Community Association, 1st Inverurie Guides, Grampian Disability Sport, Foos Yer Doos Singing Group, Gordon District Scouts, District Guide Association, Pitcaple Environmental Project, Daviot Oldmeldrum Scout Group and Garioch Carriage Driving for the Disabled.

Joy Doorghen of “Foos yer Doos Singing Group, one of the beneficiaries, said, “This is really great, our group is about getting people who have neurological conditions or disabilities to gather together and lift their spirits through singing and the grant will help us with equipment for screening the words as opposed to having to print multiple song sheets.”

Susan Crighton of CLAN said, “It was a pleasure meeting with all the people involved and we were delighted to accept a donation from The Acorn Centre. This will go towards providing complementary therapies to anyone affected by cancer across the North East of Scotland, Moray and the Orkney and Shetland Isles.”