£6k boost from railway community fund

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A local dance group, a junior football team and a heritage centre are among the 26 community organisations and charities throughout the Borders and Midlothian to benefit from the final £6,000 round of the Borders Railway Community Fund.

The fund was set up in 2013 to help support community engagement and safety.

Since then, a total of £15,000 has been distributed to 70 local groups.

This last round of funding comes three months before the construction of the new railway is completed.

Hugh Wark, project director, Network Rail, said: “This last round of funding marks the completion of the Community Fund initiative we started two years ago to help provide a lasting legacy for this flagship infrastructure project.

“We are delighted that we have been able to support so many fantastic projects and we look forward to watching their progress.”

Some of this year’s beneficiaries and their projects include:

l Galashiels Academy – an engineering project that looks at the science behind the motion of trains

l Newtongrange Primary – working with junior road safety officers from the school to deliver a road safety campaign for pupils, parents and the wider community

l Newtongrange Church of Scotland – increasing activities for elderly members of 
the community to stimulate social contact and tackle loneliness

l The Tweedbank Fair Committee – contributing towards the costs of this year’s event

Jacqui Doig, Scottish community safety network manager, said: “We are overwhelmed by the positive feedback we have received from the groups we have worked with and what they’ve achieved with the funding.

“We wish them all the best for the future.”