St Michael’s Day Care Centre is celebrating success after scooping first place in our Caledonian Christmas Cracker and taking home £2000.
With dozens of entries aiming for the top prize, our readers selected 11 finalists to make it to the final cut.
And judges made up of Cracker sponsors Caledonian Produce and Journal and Gazette staff had the difficult choice of judging all the finalists.
In second place is Epilepsy Connections, taking £1000 and in third place Linlithgow Link, winning £500.
For the first time in the competition’s history we created a fourth and fifth spot, both taking £200, and these went to the Corey Yeadon wheelchair fund and Bo’ness Hospital Garden.
But none of the finalists went away empty handed, thanks to the employees of Caledonian Produce and their Site Employee Forum who donated the prize pot via proceeds from the staff shop.
£100 donations also go to Bo’ness Playaway Playgroup, West Lothian Clarion, Carriden Community Volunteers,Unison Kinneil Band, Forth Bridges Accordion Band and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society youth group.
Editor Jackie Mitchell said: ‘‘We were delighted to work alongside Caledonian Produce once again to run this fantastic community-based cash giveaway.Our thanks go to the staff and management of the firm, to all the groups who enterd and to everyone who voted.’’
Carole Hollington, HR manager at Caledonian, said: ‘‘It’s been a pleasure to be involved in this again, it’s wonderful to see so much good work being done.’’