Spring into charity shop

The happy recipients of Rothesay -based thrift shop 'For Bute's latest awards.
The happy recipients of Rothesay -based thrift shop 'For Bute's latest awards.

With spring now sprung, For Bute’s latest awards definitely had an outdoor theme when a further £4510 was donated to island organisations recently.

Port Bannatyne Golf Club accepted a cheque for £1000 to support its coaching programme. Six volunteer coaches will receive training which will allow them to pass their love of the game on to new and existing members.

Bute Shinty Club received £750 for six of its youth team to attend the Camanachd Association’s youth training camp in the summer.

Speaking about further donations, Peter Niven from For Bute, said: “Ballianlay Hall Committee plan to get into the fresh air too, if you count painting the exterior of their building an outdoor activity! A cheque for £1200 should make sure of a job well done.

“Isle of Bute Rambling Association are regular attendees at shows and exhibitions, promoting the benefits to be had from their walking groups. A smart new £560 gazebo should help put them on the right track.

“Bute Noir, the island’s popular annual crime writing festival, attracts essential visitors and showcases the talents of authors both local and from further afield. One of the main attractions of the event is the opportunity to meet and hear from the authors in person. So £1000 towards the accommodation costs of visiting authors will go some way to ensuring the success of this year’s event.

“For Bute’s shop on Victoria Street is always on the lookout for quality items for resale. All funds raised are donated to local causes.”