Giving back to the community

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VOTING continues apace this week as Herald readers have an opportunity to find out a bit more about three more causes on the ‘Giving back to the community’ shortlist.

The Ossman brothers, Valy and Shiraz, are looking to donate a total of £10,000 to Arbroath-based good causes through the ‘Giving back to the community’ campaign, and have teamed up with the Arbroath Herald to allow our readers to decide on how awards of £5,000, £3,000 and £2,000 are made.

A judging panel settled on a shortlist of 10 worthy causes. The first few causes were described last week, and today it is the turn of three more.

The League of Friends of Arbroath Infirmary and Little Cairnie has provided a voluntary service to both hospitals since 1946.

The group aim to make life more comfortable for patients and regularly raise cash to fulfil wish lists and provide amenities of all types, from budgie cages to medical equipment.

The Royal Burgh of Arbroath Community Council Fireworks Sub-Committee this year took over the planning for the popular Arbroath fireworks display which attracts thousands.

Over £9,000 was raised for the 2011 event, and this year the RBACC hope to surpass that effort and set up a fund to guard against future economic hardship.

The Arbroath Skatepark Project Club was set up in 2010 and gained charity status earlier this year. The group aims to build a skatepark to benefit Arbroath youths and to help draw visitors to the town.

The dedicated young body not only need money to build the skatepark but to promote the project in order to attract further financing.

Voters can write to ‘Giving back to the community’, Arbroath Herald, 21 Market Place, Arbroath DD11 1HR. Or, email either or You can also vote via Twitter by tweeting @heraldjohnston or @Arbroath_Herald.

And finally, there will be a form in the Arbroath Herald office at 21 Market Place for people to declare their nomination.