East Calder and Wilkieston Children’s Gala Day has been given a welcome boost from Scotmid Co-operative, after receiving a £350 donation to pay for one of the pipe bands that will be performing at the community event on 14 June.
Scotmid’s donation will be funding the Edinburgh Post Office Pipe Band, who will be entertaining the crowds and parading through the town on the day.
Allison Kemp, Store Manager at Scotmid’s East Calder store on the main street in the town, presented the cheque to Eddy Goodfellow, Secretary of the Gala Committee.
Allison Kemp said: “We are delighted to be supporting the East Calder and Wilkieston Children’s Gala Day with this donation. The gala day brings the whole of East Calder together and really showcases the community spirit of the local area. A lot of our staff live in the community and will be going along on the day too.”
Eddy Goodfellow said: “We’re looking forward to a terrific gala day in East Calder. The event creates quite a spectacle in the local community and everyone is welcome to come and join in the fun. We’re very happy that Scotmid has been able to sponsor the pipe band and we thank them for their donation.”
East Calder Gala Day will be held on 14 June and is open to the community. It was first started in 1919.
Scotmid donates around a quarter of a million pounds to local causes through its community grant scheme each year. Applications are encouraged for projects that support children and education, active lifestyles, the environment, health promotion, the elderly, homelessness, Fairtrade, arts and culture, and charity.
Community groups and projects can apply by completing a community grant form from their local Scotmid store or online. Community groups and projects must meet certain criteria to be considered for funding. The applications are then considered by their Regional Committee before being awarded.