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Auchernack Trust Fund awards to Active Minds Moray, Rafford Village Hall, Rotary Club of Forres, Moray Hydrotherapy Pool, Helen Janousek Gym Group, Forres Area Community Trust and Forres OAP Association


By Garry McCartney

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

ANOTHER £8320 has been distributed to local projects from the Auchernack Trust Fund.

Six groups - carefully selected by the Forres' Moray Council elected members and Forres Community Council chairwoman Kathleen Robertson - benefited from the latest round of Auchernack Trust funding, gifted by late Forres postie William Cameron, originally for the benefit of residents of Auchernack Care Home.

Former care home then Moray Council access point, Auchernack House.
Former care home then Moray Council access point, Auchernack House.

Cllr George Alexander (Independent) said: "The decisions reached by the five trustees were fair and considered, after lengthy deliberation."

Mrs Robertson added: "I can attest to amount of work that goes into making decisions!"

Active Minds Moray received £3113.50 for a new bowling mat and trolley.

Cllr Lorna creswell (Independent) said: "Attendance at their indoor bowls sessions at Forres House Community Centre has been increasing. Also, because their groups missed out on meeting up due to covid restrictions, we contributed to their letting charge as a one-off."

Rafford Village Hall was granted £1000 for for photography equipment.

Cllr Creswell explained: "They want to engage with the older people in the community. Their first project starts with preparation for a local calendar for 2023."

Forres Rotary were awarded £1600 for afternoon teas for older local people in 2022.

Moray Hydrotherapy Pool was allocated £2000 for repairs.

"Older people benefit from using the facility," explained Cllr Creswell.

Helen Janousek Gym Group was given £720. Helen runs a keep fit gym class for older people who are often recovering from surgery or treatment. Sessions helps them regain and increase mobility.

Forres Area Community Trust were allocated funding to contribute to a paid worker to work with older people in the town.

And finally, Forres OAP Association got £3000 to help cover trips and events next year as their own fundraising opportunities - coffee mornings - also stopped during lockdown.

The Auchernack Trustees meet twice a year to consider applications for projects that benefit the elderly community in the Forres area.

Cllr Creswell said: "We declined another application as it was outwith the objectives of the trust. It will be into 2022 before we will see the benefits of the grants."



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