Bute charity shortlisted for bank’s community fund award

Sophie Ballantyne and Abbie White present a cheque for �300 to Duncan and Caroline Speirs from the Calum's Cabin charity.
Sophie Ballantyne and Abbie White present a cheque for �300 to Duncan and Caroline Speirs from the Calum's Cabin charity.

Bute charity Calum’s Cabin is one of four Argyll and Bute community groups shortlisted for an award from the 2013 Bank of Scotland Community Fund - and your votes will decide how much the charity receives.

The fund has been set up to give grants to four good causes in each of more than 50 areas across Scotland, and Calum’s Cabin is competing with South Cowal Community Council in Dunoon, Mid Argyll Youth Development Services in Lochgilphead and the Soroba Young Family Group in Oban.

Voting is now open to the public online, by SMS text message and by visiting a local Bank of Scotland branch. In each community, the two good causes with the most votes will each receive £3,000, with the other two receiving awards of £300 each.

Earlier this year, Bank of Scotland colleagues nominated hundreds of community groups and worked together to shortlist the final 208 local good causes from across the country.

Calum’s Cabin was set up by the family of Calum Speirs, who died in 2007 after spending more than a year battling against a brain tumour and who wanted to provide a place for families with seriously ill children to spend quality time together, make irreplaceable memories and recharge their batteries for what may lie ahead.

Graham Lindsay, group director for responsible business at the Bank of Scotland’s parent company, Lloyds Banking Group, said: “As the Bank of Scotland Community Fund public vote opens for a second year, we are looking forward to showcasing the fantastic work being delivered by an enormous range of community groups in communities across the country and to encouraging everyone to get behind their local good causes by casting their vote.

“Congratulations to every community group on the shortlist and good luck.”

You can find out more about the community groups involved in the Community Fund and cast your vote by visiting the Bank of Scotland Community Fund website.

Community Fund 2013 voting is open until 11:59pm on November 1, 2013.

Meanwhile, Calum’s Cabin received a donation of £300 this week from Abbie White and Sophie Ballantyne, two ten-year-old Bute girls who gave up a day of their summer holiday to do a sponsored cycle around the grounds of Mount Stuart to raise money for the cause.

More on that story in the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, October 3.