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Auchernack Trust offering £17,000 to projects that benefit older people in Forres

By Garry McCartney

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Generous postman William Cameron (centre, right).
Generous postman William Cameron (centre, right).

NEARLY £17,000 is available to projects aimed at improving the lives of older people in the area.

The Auchernack Comforts Fund Trust is what remains of a donation of £750,000 made by late Forres postie William Cameron for the benefit of residents of Auchernack Care Home – £16,991 is available in the latest round of funding to groups or individuals for things like transportation costs, events, equipment or adaptations, educational or recreational courses, interests or pursuits.

Moray councillor and trustee, Claire Feaver, reiterated that the money must be invested to provide benefit to the elderly community within the Forres area.

She said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented levels of isolation for those who are most vulnerable, including elderly people living alone. It would be very rewarding if the trust could help to mitigate that safely. If you have a proposal, please contact me, or any of the trustees, with the details of your idea.”

As designated trustees, the local councillors and Forres Community Council (FCC) representatives meet twice-a-year to decide which applications to fund.

Cllr Lorna Creswell said there is still a total capital fund of £472,000 to invest.

She added: “Any applicants should complete the form on Moray Council’s website.”

Cllr Aaron McLean confirmed many groups and projects have benefited in the area over the years.

He said: “From bowling clubs to luncheon clubs, for handrails to trips around Scotland. If there are any groups or individuals looking for funding, we would be very interested to hear what they have to offer and how we can help.

“We are always looking for bigger projects to help but we have provided music for old folks homes, upgraded garden areas at Cameron Court and may other smaller projects.”

The original Auchernack Care Home building on Forres High Street.
The original Auchernack Care Home building on Forres High Street.

Download an application form by going to www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_58388.html then clicking on ‘application form (PDF)’.

Cllr George Alexander said awards are made after much consideration by the trustees.

He added “The fund is there to help make life better for the elderly in the Forres area so please do not hesitate to apply.”

FCC chairman Shaun Moat said: “The Auchernack Trust is more important than ever with the current pandemic and the risk of further lockdown and isolation.

“Any group that wants to improve the lives of the elderly in Forres should apply.”

Auchernack more recently as a Moray Council office.
Auchernack more recently as a Moray Council office.

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