Charity hands out £70,000
to good causes

A total of of 59 organisations in the TD5 Kelso postcode area are sharing almost £70,000 thanks to Charity Begins At Home (CBAH).

Representatives of the organisations, ranging from playgroups and pensioners clubs to horticultural societies and sports clubs gathered at theCross Keys Hotel in Kelso recently to receive a share of the £69,400 being distributed by Kelso’s local charity CBAH.

Since its inception 15 years ago, the CBAH shop in the town run by volunteers has distributed over £530,000.

Again this year, funding covered organisations and groups catering for all ages, including all seven schools in the Kelso catchment area.

Chair of the CBAH trustees, Margaret Riddell MBE, presided over the event and Lady Biddulph, patron of the charity, presented each of the organisations with their cheques.

Each of the organisations was asked to say how the money will be used and it was heart-warming to see the amount of hard work and volunteering as well as the sheer variety of things going on in the Kelso area.

A special thankyou was given to the volunteer workers who so willingly give up their time to run the CBAH shop in Kelso’s Bridge Street.

This year, as a cheque was presented to ‘Kelso Heartbeat’, an organisation set up to ensure the distribution and display of defibrillators in the town, Mrs Riddell asked everyone to raise a glass to toast the magical figure of £500,000 that had now been donated by the shop since its inception.