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Community Board backs local projects at Christmas

Edinburgh Airport Community Board has allocated funds to; help train vulnerable young people in West Lothian, enable people with disabilities to take part in climbing, the renovation of a pavilion for local kids in Midlothian and support for an organisation which empowers the lives of adults who have survived an acquired brain injury.

These are just four of latest 20 recipients of The Edinburgh Airport Community Board who have received £40,000 in December.

Edinburgh Airport has now awarded over £500,000 in grants to non-profit organisations, charities and community organisations since Community Board was established in 2012.

The latest successful applicants include Edinburgh Headway Group, Arniston Rangers Youth Football Club, Edinburgh Leisure and BLES Training.

Edinburgh Headway Group received funding which will go towards projects that further empower and enrich the lives of adults who have survived an acquired brain injury.

Michelle Keenan, Chief Executive Edinburgh Headway Group, said:

“This donation is wonderful news and will help us maintain our varied programme of different rehabilitation activities and ensure the safety of our members.”

Arniston Rangers Youth Football Club, received funding will to help them as we take ownership of the local pavilion and renovate it for young people.

Craig McKenzie, Trustee at Arniston Rangers Youth Football Club (Midlothian), said:

“Our new lease starts on the 1st of January and the timing of this could not have been more ideal. It gives us time to properly plan, prepare and use the funding to give us the tools to make a facility our kids can be proud of.”

Edinburgh Leisure received a grant that is specifically for equipment that will enable a greater number of disabled people to access and take part in climbing.

Andrew Stephenson, Funding Officer at Edinburgh Leisure said:

“We are delighted to have received this grant from Edinburgh Airport Community Board which will allow Edinburgh Leisure to purchase specialist climbing equipment that will enable us to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in climbing at EICA Ratho”

BLES Training is a voluntary charitable organisation that delivers a dedicated training programme for 16 to 18 year old young people in West Lothian that provide support in core, personal, life, employability and occupational skills. They received funding for an electrical tools workshop.

Anne Kerr, General Manager of BLES Training, based in Bathgate, said:

“This funding will allow us to equip a new training space we have created to deliver electrical training. This is important to allow us to offer more training opportunities for the vulnerable young people we work with to enhance their learning experience and make them more employable.”

Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport’s Chief Executive, said:

“It is extremely pleasing for the airport to give something back via our Community Board. These tremendous community projects enhance the lives of some of the most vulnerable people who live in our neighbouring communities and I wish them all a Merry Christmas and every success in 2017.”