Baxters firm ladles out cash to worthy Moray causes

Cullen Sea School (CSS) will play host to The King’s Swimmers, a crew of athletes who specialise in open water swimming
Cullen Sea School (CSS) will play host to The King’s Swimmers, a crew of athletes who specialise in open water swimming

Community groups in Moray are celebrating after receiving a share of £75,000 in funding.

A dozen worthy causes from across the area will receive awards from The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation.

The Speyside couple, who led Baxters Food Group for more than 50 years, left a legacy which gives financial support to worthy projects across the Highlands and Islands and north-east.

Since 2014, more than £500,000 has been awarded to groups in the area.

This year’s recipients include Cullen Sea School, which has been awarded £5,000 towards a boat building course for pupils at Buckie High School.

Friendly Access Surfable Scotland received £4,763 to purchase a beach wheelchair and tandem surfboard to ensure people of all abilities can access the sport.

Dufftown and District Community Council has been awarded £2,000 towards play equipment at Tiniver Park.

The Portessie Public Hall committee will receive £2,500 to create a new storage facility, and the Highland Military Tattoo will gain the same benefits.

Traditional music is also being recognised, with £2,500 going towards the Moray Youth Pipes and Drums tuition scheme, and Piping at Forres receiving £1,000 this year and the same again in 2018.

Trustees of the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation were delighted by the quality of applications they received.

Foundation manager, Kay Jackson, said: “The Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation gives money to those making a positive difference in their communities, and we were left in no doubt just how huge an impact these projects will have.

“We are proud to continue the Baxter family tradition of helping worthy causes in the area and would like to congratulate all those involved and thank them for their inspirational work”.

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