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Shetland wins from Children in Need

BBC SCOTLAND’s Children in Need appeal has distributed grants worth more than £125,000 to voluntary organisations across Shetland during the last 18 months.

This is more than five times the amount raised locally year by year in response to BBC Radio Shetland’s six hour long live Children in Need programme broadcast in November.

Head of BBC Scotland’s Children in Need appeal Fraser Falconer was in Shetland on Tuesday to celebrate the charity’s huge success.

He said the isles have received a good share of the £5 million distributed across Scotland every year due to the quality of the applications from local organisations.

“Each year we have a number of quality applications to help children in need across the islands.

“For the last 20 years we have been very conscious how difficult and expensive it is to deliver services for children in need in rural and island communities.

“We’re very pleased to announce that over the last 18 months we’ve awarded grants to the value of £125,000,” he said.

Projects supported since May last year were:

  • Voluntary Action Shetland – £75,284
  • Shetland Arts Development Agency – £26,728
  • Disability Shetland – small grant – £9,738
  • Disability Shetland – main grant – £13,298

Local BBC radio station manager John Johnston said the annual appeal was one of the highlights in his team’s year.

“Last year the community raised a staggering £22,000, that’s over a pound for every person in the islands. During our six hour live programme, 13 bands entertained our audience and the auction alone raised over £10,000.”

Any charity thinking it might eligible for funding under the BBC Children in Needs scheme should get in touch with its Glasgow office or log on to: www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants/

The next Children in Needs appeal will be broadcast live on Radio Shetland on 19 November.

Across the UK around £40 million is raised through the annual appeal.

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