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Three Lanarkshire charities are celebrating after being awarded grants totalling more than £5000 from Asda.
Blameless, Coalburn Silver Band and Pathfinder Guide Dog Programme will receive a share of £5785 from Asda as part of the latest round of grant giveaways from the Scottish 5p carrier bag charge.
In partnership with Foundation Scotland, Asda are 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.
Blameless help children and families of those suffering from addiction. The charity will use their £2000 share of the funds to facilitate a homework club at their base within the grounds of the New Douglas Park stadium.
This will be an opportunity for children and adults alike to participate in joint education while bonding together as a family in a fun environment.
Pathfinder Guide Dog Programme train German Shepherds as guides for registered blind people and will be using their £1785 share of the grant to purchase cooking equipment such as a talking microwave, talking scales, jugs and temperature gauges which will enable visually-impaired people to take part in cookery sessions.
Coalburn Silver Band were formed in 1902 and are the current Scottish Championship Band.
The funding boost of £2000 from Asda will contribute towards the purchase of two brass instruments for an improved performance and therefore a more enjoyable experience for the audience.
Kimberly Keys, community champion at Asda Hamilton, 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 Hamilton.
Lynn Shaw, co-ordinator at Blameless, said: “The generous grant from Asda will allow us to run a homework club situated in one of the highest areas of deprivation within Hamilton which has two primary schools, Beckford Primary School and St Paul’s Primary School, on its doorstep. The fund will primarily cover all set-up costs associated with the homework club as well as covering the cost of materials and resources like arts and crafts and textbooks.”
Alan Court, Coalburn Silver Band president, added: “We are absolutely over the moon with the news that we will be receiving the £2000 grant from Asda.
“The new bass trombone and soprano cornet will enhance the playing experience for the band as a whole as well as our audience.”