Community Chest supports young people in Scotland

Date: Tuesday 04 November 2014

TWWS - Community Chest Winners 2014

We were delighted to hand out £2,500 to three incredible local community groups in West Scotland as part of our Community Chest appeal, in partnership with The Evening Times in Glasgow.

The Community Chest is a special grant offered by Taylor Wimpey to charities or community groups that are deemed most worthy by readers of the local paper.

REACH Lanarkshire Autism secured the top award of £1,250, while Gingerbread East End received £750 and The Core CLD received £500.

The cheques were presented by Graham Shields, Assistant Editor of the Evening Times, and Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director for our West Scotland business unit.

REACH Lanarkshire Autism was founded in 2012 to bridge the gap in services for children and young people with autism in Lanarkshire.

Elaine Armitage, from REACH Lanarkshire Autism, says: “This award is great – it will help us out with our kids and we can’t wait to tell them. We rely on fundraising, and are run purely on a voluntary basis by parents of autistic children. My son, aged 11, was diagnosed a year ago and REACH has been an absolute lifeline.”

Gingerbread East End provides affordable childcare for up to 24 children during term-time and holidays. Manager Michelle Murray says: “It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant. We haven’t decided what the money will be spent on yet but I’m sure we’ll ask the kids what they want to do with it – and I know they will come up with something.  Gingerbread is a very good, children-centred organisation. This money will be a fantastic bonus.”

Josh Clarke, from The Core CLD (Community Learning and Development), which is developing services for young people within Greater Pollok, says: “I’m overwhelmed by the award. The money will really benefit the work we’re trying to do here in Pollok.”