Bo’ness crowned Scotland’s charity town

The charity work in Bo'ness turns over an amazing �2.5million
The charity work in Bo'ness turns over an amazing �2.5million

Charitable efforts by Bo’ness residents of all ages were celebrated this week as the town was crowned the best in Scotland.

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations recognised all the efforts to help others by naming it Scotland’s charity town of the year.

It highlighted that, despite having twice as many people in deprivation than neighbour Linlithgow, it doesn’t stop people from reaching into their pockets for countless causes.

An impressive £2.5 million a year is generated from the 150 hard-working charities that operate in
the area.

John Downie, director of public affairs for the SCVO, said: “We selected Bo’ness because we were really struck by the impressive impact charities and voluntary action are having on people’s lives in the town.

“It’s great to see so many people living in Bo’ness getting involved in their communities and supporting charities.”

The charitable work from residents, as well as inspirational stories of local charity champions, were showcased at a two-day event in Glasgow’s SECC this week.

Local groups were more than pleased to discover Bo’ness was the best when it came to charity.

Maria Ford, chairperson of Friends of Kinneil, said: “We are a town that will come together when someone or a group in the community needs assistance.”