Eleven charitable groups and organisations from across Midlothian have each received a welcome £250 boost to their funding thanks to the Borders Railway project and Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) community fund.
The Midlothian based beneficiaries include: Gorebridge Arniston Rangers Football Club, which will use the funds to purchase much needed new training equipment; Lasswade Rugby Club which will use the funds towards its annual mini rugby tournament in May; Newbattle Community High School will use the funds towards new netball and rugby shirts.
This third round of funding saw a total of £2,500 distributed amongst twenty groups from across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders to support causes local to the new railway. Twenty two local community groups have benefited in the previous two rounds of funding, bringing the total to 44 beneficiaries.
Mark Henderson, Community Safety Manager for Network Rail said: “The arrival of a new railway in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders is a huge boost for the area but it’s important that we don’t lose sight of the fact that there are many young people in the area unfamiliar with railways. These grants will help to encourage safety awareness related to the railway and promote youth activities, which we know from experience help to discourage trespassing near the railway.”
Jacqui Doig, Scottish Community Safety Network Manager, said: “We received a huge number of applications from a wide variety of groups interested in the community fund this time around. We’ve now helped provide over 40 opportunities for communities along the route to come together and learn more about the Borders Railway and related safety messages. We look forward to seeing how the projects develop over the coming months.”