Bo’ness charity gets big cash boost

Bounce Higher receiving the cheque from Santander
Bounce Higher receiving the cheque from Santander

A Bo’ness community support group which was in dire need of funding has received thousands of pounds from Santander.

For almost a decade, Bounce Higher had given children and families personalised support. However, after losing its funding from Children In Need this year, the group looked as if it would be forced to close.

Needing £30,000 annually to operate, Dianne Collins and her team of volunteers appealed for donations to ensure they could keep up the good work.

The group applied to be part of Santander’s Community Plus project and were successful.

Branch manager Julie Evans and Jo Taylor were at Bo’ness Public Primary School this week to present Dianne and the kids with a cheque for £5000.

Diane said: “I cannot thank Santander enough for their donation. The money means we are one step closer to being able to continue to help families and children in Bo’ness.”

Dianne could not believe the response she has had from the community. She said: “Everyone has been so positive in the town and incredibly helpful.” 
Santander worker Jo wanted to remind charities the Linlithgow branch has forms for any groups wishing to apply for some funding.

Julie said: “The company is turning a profit so we want to give back to the community and do what we can to help.”