Members of Argyll and Bute Council have agreed to give local charity For Bute the money from a dormant Rothesay trust - but it’s emerged that the charity itself had no idea about the funding boost until they read about it in The Buteman.
Councillors agreed to apply to the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator to reorganise the Norman Stewart Institute by transferring all its funds - a total of £1,598 - to For Bute.
But For Bute’s founder Marlene Hill read the story on the subject in our January 22 issue, and called us to say: “I know absolutely nothing about this.”
Local Argyll and Bute councillor Isobel Strong, who attended the full council meeting on Thursday which agreed to the funds’ transfer, said: “I had no idea our officers hadn’t spoken to Marlene.
“The three Bute councillors were asked about it - I suggested the money should go to the Rothesay Common Good Fund, but I was advised that legally it had to be transferred to a charity with similar aims to the Norman Stewart Institute, and it was recommended to us that For Bute should receive the funds.
“But I assumed Marlene had been contacted.”
For Bute (Scottish Charity Number: SCO44153) has donated more than £60,000 to good causes based on the island since its formation in March 2013; the money is raised through sales of second-hand goods at its thrift shop in the town’s Victoria Street. Find out more about its aims and its donations at www.forbute.org