Funding boost for local charity

AN ARBROATH-based charity which recently experienced funding difficulties has received a boost from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.

Starter Packs Angus, which provides essential household items to people who otherwise couldn’t afford them, was awarded £5,000 by the Foundation to pay the salary of its project co-ordinator, Annie Clark.

A spokesman from the charity commented: “The Foundation has consistently supported Starter Packs Angus since it was set up in 2003. We’re really grateful for this latest award as it will help us move forward in all areas, particularly developing our Scrap Store initiative and setting up satellite bases to help more people get Starter Packs.”

The award is particularly welcome as, just a month ago, the charity’s future hung in the balance.

Annie Clark explained: “Like many charities throughout the country we had been finding things tight financially. Thankfully, we are recognised in the area as a very cost-effective charity which helps a lot of people in difficult circumstances, and we received much-appreciated support from churches, the local authority and of course the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.”

Mary Craig OBE, the Foundation’s chief executive, said, “This is a hard-working organisation trying to make a difference and I am delighted we have been able to award this grant.”

Starter Packs Angus has distributed more than 160 ‘Starter Packs’ in the past four months alone, thanks to the work of 19 dedicated volunteers who sort donations from the public, make up packs and operate the charity’s Scrap Store, which generates a small income by selling donated art and craft materials to schools, community groups and individuals at affordable prices.

Charities which would like more information about applying to the Foundation for an award should contact the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland on 0131 444 4020.