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Lerwick projects enjoy funding boost

A NUMBER of charities and organisations have benefitted following Lerwick Community Council’s latest participatory budgeting giveaway.

Funding worth up to £1,000 was up for grabs for five projects in its Loot For Lerwick scheme and applicants had to encourage the public to vote for them at the Islesburgh Community Centre on Saturday.

Islesburgh Drama Group, Shetland Amateur Athletics Club and Lerwick Boating Club all received £1,000 after the votes were counted.

Disability Shetland bagged £950, while the Bell’s Brae Primary Pupil Council was given £781.57.

There was £268.43 left over after the five winning projects received their full grant, so the remaining money was given to the Year of the Young People Ambassadors who had asked for £1,000.

Over 260 people voted on the day and Lerwick Community Council thanked all those who took part.

Shetland Amateur Athletics Club said its funding will go towards giving its coaches first aid training, while the drama group hopes to put on an exhibition in the Shetland Museum.

Lerwick Boating Club, meanwhile, will use its funding to purchase land yachts called Blokarts, which will allow junior sailors to keep active over the winter by racing each other.

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