Who’s our Christmas cracker?

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GET your skates on - the deadline to vote in our Caledonian Community Christmas Cracker competition is approaching!

Use the official coupon printed in the papers of November 30 or 23, to give YOUR backing to the shortlisted group or cause YOU want to win a festive cheque.

The deadline for voting is noon this Friday, December 7 (original coupons only, no photocopies accepted).

Thanks to our competition partners at Caledonian Produce, three prizes - of £2000, £1000 and £500 - will be handed out before Christmas, with the winners publicised on December 21.

The 12 finalists all embody at least one of food giant Caledonian Produce’s five core values: customer care; can do attitude; teamwork; innovation; getting and keeping it right.

So make sure your family, friends, colleagues, teammates and neighbours join you in getting their votes in. The destination of the festive cheques is 
entirely in the voting public’s hands.

In contention are -

Queensferry Churches’ Care in the Community, Queensferry/Kirkliston: support services to older people and their carers, including day care, befriending and supper club.

4th West Lothian Scout Group, Linlithgow Bridge: repair and upgrade hall to benefit weekly users and visitors to the planned Scouting/Guiding campsite.

Bo’ness Hospital Garden Project, Bo’ness: buy a summer house and new gazebo for the revamped garden, and fit an outside tap.

Salvation Army, Bo’ness: children’s work, family development, English language classes and Christmas present appeal, supporting vulnerable people.

Bo’ness and Carriden Junior Band, Bo’ness: new instruments to continue free professional tuition to budding musicians.

UNISON Kinneil Band/Youth Band, Bo’ness: a uniform for the youth band to wear at competitions and events, plus toilet facility upgrades to the band hall.

Linlithgow Link, Linlithgow: enhance befriending service for those less able or who could become socially isolated in the community, continue outings using accessible buses.

Friends of Chernobyl’s Children Forth Valley, Linlithgow and Bo’ness: hosting children whose lives are blighted by the Chernobyl disaster. Funding flights, medicines and essential care.

Youth Musical Development, Linlithgow: free loan instruments, music and tuition to beginner and training sections by Linlithgow Reed Band, currently with waiting lists.

WRVS Bo’ness Blind and Disabled Club, Bo’ness: expand activities for mainly elderly members with sight, hearing and mobility problems, and hire wheelchair-accessible coaches more often.

Linlithgow RFC 2020 Vision, Linlithgow: funding for an all-year indoor training facility, with strength and conditioning suite, of use to other local sport and recreation organisations.

Storehouse, Bo’ness: provide food and non-perishable donations from the community to individuals and families in need, through circumstances out of their control.