Montrose sporting charity receives boost from Forfar shoppers

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Links Park Community Trust has received a £900 boost from shoppers at a Forfar supermarket as part of the latest round of grant giveaways from the Scottish 5p carrier bag charge.

In partnership with Foundation Scotland, Asda is distributing half of the proceeds of the Scottish Government’s bag charge through Asda carrier bag community grants, which provide up to £2000 for local projects and good causes.

The local group applied to Foundation Scotland for funding and, to ensure the grants are as locally relevant as possible, a regional selection panel comprised of Asda colleagues helped to choose the projects to benefit.

Links Park Community Trust, based in Montrose, are an organisation that uses sport to develop deliver an extensive range of health and educational programmes, each of which are designed to meet identified local needs.

The trust will be using their funding to contribute towards the expenses of their much-needed and dedicated volunteers. The £900 grant will also be used to cover the operating costs of the trust.

Andrea Logan, community champion at Asda Forfar, said: “We want the carrier bag charge to have long-term social and environmental benefits, and we want to ensure the funds raised are spent locally.

“By working with Foundation Scotland, we have ensured that the bag charge benefits small projects and good causes that matter most to our local community. It’s fantastic to see the positive impact it’s already making in Forfar.”

Peter Davidson, project manager at Links Park Community Trust, added: “We’re delighted that our application for an Asda carrier bag community grant was successful. The funds will definitely have a positive impact in our local community.

“Our Walking Football pilot has proved very successful, with men and women, of all ages and abilities.

“The grant will allow us to develop the programme further and support the health and wellbeing of adults living locally.

“We cannot thank Asda enough for providing us with this much-needed grant.”

Giles Ruck, chief executive of Foundation Scotland, said: “Foundation Scotland is thrilled to be working with Asda to help distribute proceeds from the carrier bag charge.

“With over 16 years of grant-making experience, we are using our knowledge to ensure that the funds, which are being raised continuously, are used to help improve, strengthen and benefit the communities around Asda stores across the country.”