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  • 6 Mar 2017

    Find out the latest beneficiaries of our Building Communities Fund!

    Our Building Communities Fund has pledged to support another nine local projects and good causes, which were selected by a judging panel made up of Mac & Mic employees from across the company.

    A total of £7,900 will be distributed to different organisations ranging from a community garden project to a veterans’ support centre to the Childrens’ Hospice Association for Scotland (CHAS).

    Read on for more details of the worthy causes which will receive donations:-

    CHAS (Children's Hospice Association Scotland) is a cause Mactaggart & Mickel Homes are delighted to support. CHAS provides care and better quality of life for children and young people with incurable and life-shortening conditions. It was wholeheartedly agreed that the charity’s work is invaluable to the families affected and highly deserving of our support. CHAS runs two children’s hospices, Rachel House in Kinross and Robin House in Balloch, however their head office is based in Craiglockhart in Edinburgh, a stone’s throw from our Lockhart Woods development.

    Friends of Fullarton are a volunteer community group helping to maintain the Fullarton Park estate in Troon, located next to our Braemore Wood development, and encouraging people to use it. Our donation will go towards revamping a small off-track bmx area to encourage youngsters to cycle to the woods, as well as adding new signage detailing the history, wildlife, flora and fauna for visitors. The popular facilities offered by the park and woodland are enjoyed by many members of the local community and well deserving of our support to encourage their use and accessibility.

    Lothians Veterans Centre in Dalkeith provides information, support and employability services to combat veterans of all ages. Our funding will help the centre to provide free training courses to veterans, such as Emergency First Aid and PAT Testing, improving their chances of moving back into employment. Mactaggart and Mickel Homes have a long history of working with Veterans support organisations, including Erskine and Homes for Heroes (both of which have been delivered housing developments by our Contracts division) and so we were delighted to donate to this cause, near our Thornybank Green development.

    Eaglesham History Society have asked for our support for a community geophysical survey of the Orry to the north of Eaglesham Kirk, which will involve local schools and organisations, including Eaglesham Primary School and Williamwood Secondary School. Public workshops will be also set up in the Carswell Centre to display the artefacts and local history information. The project will give local residents, including those at our Polnoon development, the opportunity to value and better understand the rich heritage of their area, plus offer school pupils and adults alike the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience of geophysics and the science behind it, therefore we were happy to make a contribution.

    Other recipients of funds were:-

    Symington Community Projects, also known as Symington Hall for All, for funding towards new parking facilities.

    Kirkhillgait Nursery Parents Forum who requested a small donation to purchase bags of soil for their Living Garden.

    Johnstone Burgh Community Youth Football Team who requested funds to purchase new strips and training kit, which we were very happy to provide.

    Three pupils from Mearns Castle High School in Newton Mearns who sought funding for a World Challenge trek through Nicaragua; we were happy to give a small contribution to each of the three pupils.

    The Yard in Edinburgh, which provides play facilities for disabled children and young people aged 2-25 years and who were looking for assistance to hold their family sessions throughout the school summer holidays.

    Our Building Communities Fund is still open for applications!

    We welcome submissions from charities, community groups, sports teams and schools within a five mile radius of any live Mactaggart & Mickel Homes development – click here for more details of how to apply.

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