A Kelso charity handed out a record £60,000 to more than 50 organisations in the TD5 postcode area last month.
Since its launch 12 years ago, the Charity Begins at Home shop, which is run by volunteers, has distributed more than £350,000 to local causes.
This year, funding covers all ages from playgroups to pensioner groups, sports clubs and horticultural societies, music and theatrical groups, all seven schools in the Kelso catchment area, local village halls and events that run in Kelso, and, for the second year running, a special donation of £5,000 to the Margaret Kerr Unit fund.
Cash was also given to the Borders Underwater Search and Rescue Team to enable members to complete certification.
In these difficult economic times many of the applications are to help sustain the numerous activities that are on offer in Kelso and a special thank you must be given to volunteer workers who so willingly give up their time to run the shop in Bridge Street.
Patron Lady Biddulph presented the cheques at short ceremony in the Cross Keys where all organisations receiving funding were asked to consider any networking opportunities that could be developed with others present at the event.
The criterion for funding is that an organisation must operate within the TD5 postcode. Individuals and salaries are not supported.
For further information, contact Colin Henderson (Trustee CBAH) on 07854 333901.