Campaigners help save Penicuik Y from closure

Religious leaders from Penicuik Churches Working Together backed Keith McIntosh and Penicuik Y

Religious leaders from Penicuik Churches Working Together backed Keith McIntosh and Penicuik Y

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A Penicuik charity, which faced closure due to council funding cuts, has thanked the community for its support after receiving a cash lifeline.

Penicuik YMCA/YWCA was one of a number of organisations which had its financial support slashed by cash-strapped Midlothian Council.

The Y embarked on a campaign, “Y we need the Y”, to raise awareness of its plight.

Its efforts attracted the support of the local clergy who recognised the charity’s work with the disadvantaged and local young people.

Last week, Midlothian Council announced that the Y, along with five other community groups, would benefit from one-off payments totallying more than £62,000.

The transition fund will allow the Y to remain open and retain staff while it negotiates future funding support from Midlothian Council.

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