Firms raised £8,500 to help charities

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Generous businesses and entrepreneurs have helped good causes at the heart of local communities by raising a small fortune in cash.

Just over £8,500 was raised at the 2015 East Dunbartonshire Business Awards, which has now been split between a variety of good causes helping communities across East Dunbartonshire.

The charities each receiving £800 are East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health, Friends of Kelvinbank, Bearsden Caledonian Awards, Hillhead Forum Youth Club, Twechar Community Action, Fresh Start East Dunbartonshire, Friends of Instrumental Music in East Dunbartonshire Schools, GRACE Recovery Walk, Kirkintilloch Men’s Shed and Thomas Muir 250 Anniversary Events.

In addition, there will be a donation to Deafblind Scotland (Field of Dreams).

The final of the East Dunbartonshire Business Awards 2015 was held in May at The Eagle Lodge in Bishopbriggs, and fundraising for various charities and organisations was a key part of the evening.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie, welcoming representatives of this year’s recipients to Tom Johnston Chamber, said: “It is genuinely inspirational to hear about the work taking place in our communities and I know from speaking to some of the good causes just how valuable support of this kind is.

“I would like to say a huge thank-you to everyone who contributed to the wonderful amount raised - which is even higher than the sum raised at the 2014 final. It is genuinely much appreciated.

“The support for the fundraising auction and raffle - both in terms of donations before the event and also on the night itself from the assembled guests - was remarkable.

“Well done again to all the award winners and a special thank-you to everyone who bought raffle tickets and took part in the auction.

“There was a great range of prizes on offer, all of which were kindly donated.”