News release - for immediate use
Charities and organisations across Aberdeen are to share a total of £25,300 in grants donated by the Lord Provost's Charitable Trust.
Independent of the City Council, the Trust was set up for the millennium to support good causes of all kinds in Aberdeen.
The board of trustees meets regularly to consider applications for financial support, with funds coming from donations and the proceeds from various events throughout the year, which have included a fashion show, charity ball and a variety show at His Majesty's Theatre.
In the final round of grants before Lord Provost Peter Stephen stands down at the forthcoming local government elections, 12 charities received donations, including urological cancer charity UCAN, the Fisherman's Mission, Aberdeen Street Pastors and Bridge of Don Sea Cadets.
Lord Provost Peter Stephen said: "The purpose of the Trust is to support charities and worthy causes which support the people of Aberdeen, so we were pleased to have such a large amount of money available in the pot at the end of the financial year.
"This enabled us to give grants to 12 different charities and I know every one of them will make excellent use of the money. We are grateful to everyone who has supported a Lord Provost's Charitable Trust event or made a generous donation to the fund."
Fiona J D Pearson, fundraising manager at UCAN, which received £4,000, said: "We are very grateful to the Lord Provost's Charitable Trust for this valuable donation. The money will help our current fundraising campaign to raise £2.5million for Scotland's first robotic-assisted surgical equipment at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, which will be used in a variety of different operations and directly and indirectly benefit everyone in the North-east."
The grants awarded included: TACT fostering and adoption charity (£300); Grampian Youth Orchestra (£750); Fisherman's Mission (£1,250); Rape and Abuse Support (£1,500); Friends of Aberdeen Instrumental Music (£1,500); Healthy Roots Ltd (£1,500); Access to Training and Employment (£1,500); Bridge of Don Sea Cadets (£1,500); Somebody Cares Trust UK (£2,000); UCAN (£4,000); Aberdeen Street Pastors (£7,000); Seafarers Centre (£2,500 pending its charitable status).
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NOTES TO EDITORS
• The Lord Provost's Charitable Trust is a fund independent of the City Council set up to support good causes of all kinds in Aberdeen. It was founded for the millennium, with the aim of helping small city groups and charitable concerns.
• The fund is governed by a board of Trustees, including the Lord Provost, and is assisted by an Advisory Committee - including representatives from the Burgesses of Guild, the Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen and members of the local business community.
• The trust meets regularly throughout the year to consider applications and discuss fundraising opportunities.
• Organisations to have received support include Befriend a Child, HomeStart Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen, VSA, CLAN, MS Society Aberdeen, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Grampian Carers Support Project, Torry Youth Café and Grampian Hospital Radio.