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Scotrail Foundation Delivers Funding Boost in Mull

26 November 2013

Mull-based charity, The Roses Charitable Trust, is celebrating receiving a £3,150 donation from the ScotRail Foundation.

The Roses Charitable Trust is among the first batch of successful charities to receive financial grants from the newly established ScotRail Foundation, which was set-up in May 2013 to support groups from communities across Scotland.

The Foundation, which will distribute £100,000 by May 2014, is open to applications from any group which supports children or young people, improves the environment or enhances the general health and wellbeing of local areas.

The Roses Charitable Trust delivers challenging residential, personal development and outdoor activity courses for groups of disadvantaged young people. The range of activities it provides includes abseiling, kayaking, rock climbing, navigation tuition and gorge walking.

The funding from the ScotRail Foundation will be used by the charity to offer a one-week outdoor activity course as respite for up to 10 young carers.

Jane Sayer, company secretary for the Roses Charitable Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful to receive this support from the ScotRail Foundation. It will allow us to bring more young carers to Mull to take part in our courses which are designed to boost their self confidence and skills while giving them a break.

“Applying to the ScotRail Foundation is very straightforward and didn’t take long to complete. I would certainly recommend making an application to any other community group looking to secure additional help.”

Across the country, 26 groups will share a total of £42,000 with amounts ranging from £250 to just under £5,000. Over £3,000 in ‘match funding’ has also been distributed among members of ScotRail staff to enhance individual fundraising efforts.

Pat Callaghan, ScotRail’s director of facilities and building services, said: “We believe we are much more than a railway operator, and have a significant part to play in improving our communities. The ScotRail Foundation has been created to offer support to deserving groups whose valuable work enriches the lives of people in various parts of the country.

“The service which The Roses Charitable Trust provides on Mull is extremely important and we are proud to be supporting them.”

The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 17 January.Three regional committees of ScotRail staff, who volunteered for the role, will then meet to select the groups which best meet the criteria and successful applicants will be announced in March 2014.

Foundation Scotland, an independent charity with more than 16 years of experience, manages the fund on behalf of ScotRail.

Groups interested in submitting an application should contact Foundation Scotland on 0141 341 4960 or visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/scotrail for more information.

For media enquiries:
Chris Black
The BIG Partnership
Chris.black@bigpartnership.co.uk
07969 814 003

Notes to editors:

• The ScotRail Foundation is a national programme available to groups and organisations across Scotland. The fund is provided by ScotRail directly as part of their commitment to their social and corporate responsibilities and is managed by Foundation Scotland on ScotRail's behalf.

• Groups and organisations are encouraged to apply (individuals are excluded). Recommendations for grants and how the money will be distributed will be made by an advisory panel drawn from ScotRail staff.

• Further advice and guidance is available via scotrail.co.uk/betterwaytobe or by emailing info@foundationscotland.org.uk

• Having even a limited connection to a rail or local station project may improve success rate

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