Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell has welcomed a £4,500 grant for local Charity Mossburn Community Farm, from Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. Every year, the Foundation distributes just under £1 million through its Henry Duncan Awards programme to grassroots charities working in their local communities.


Mossburn Community Farm which is based in Hightae has been awarded the grant of £4,500 towards sessional mental health and equine specialists to deliver the ‘Learning with Horses’ therapy programme to young people aged 14-21 years.


Commenting, Oliver Mundell MSP said: “This award show how Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland continues to be at the heart of funding local communities. I’m delighted these grassroots charities are receiving these funds, enabling them to continue their great work in my constituency.


“Many of the Henry Duncan grants go on staff and running costs like this, meaning they are a lifeline for local charities in this tough financial climate.


“It is hugely important that the legacy of the Reverend Henry Duncan lives on through support of communities in Dumfriesshire.


“Reverend Duncan is one of the most important figures in this region’s history having helped to encourage people in Ruthwell to save which was well ahead of its time and that is now recognised with the Ruthwell Savings Bank Museum in the area.”


Fiona Duncan, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, added: “We renamed our standard grants programme as the Henry Duncan Awards because we wanted to honour this great Scot whose actions ultimately led to the establishment of the Foundation.


“Today, we remain focused on funding local charities which aim to improve the quality of life for people who are disadvantaged. This and every year, we put nearly £1 million of funding into Scotland’s communities.  We are proud of the difference we make.”

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