Cash boost for volunteers

Local MP Corri Wilson has welcomed a £5,000 grant for the South Ayrshire Befriending Project from Lloyds TSB’s Foundation for Scotland.

Every year, the Foundation distributes just under £1m through its Henry Duncan Awards programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities.

The South Ayrshire Befriending Project, which is based in Ayr, has been awarded the grant to go towards befriending costs including volunteer support costs to engage with and support 45 vulnerable young people.

Speaking this week, Ms Wilson said: “These awards show how Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland continues to be at the heart of funding local communities.

“I’m delighted grassroots charities like the South Ayrshire Befriending Project are receiving these funds, enabling them to continue their great work in my constituency.

“Many of the Henry Duncan grants go towards staff and running costs like this, meaning they are a lifeline for local charities in this tough financial climate.”

Fiona Duncan, chief executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, added: “We renamed our standard grants programme as the Henry Duncan Awards because we wanted to honour this great Scot whose actions ultimately led to the establishment of the Foundation.

“Today we remain focused on funding local charities which aim to improve the quality of life for people who are disadvantaged.

She added: “We are proud of the difference we make.”