Charities benefit from Provost's Civic Pride Awards
Posted on 28 Jun 2018
North Ayrshire Provost Ian Clarkson has said a massive thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Civic Pride Awards a massive success – raising more than £19,000 for charity.
The 2018 Awards – staged at the Portal in Irvine in March - saw the best North Ayrshire has to offer with a number of individuals and groups honoured for their outstanding work.
But the big winners were the Provost’s two chosen charities – Ayrshire Hospice and Cash for Kids – who each receive £9,645.
The success of this year’s charity award dinner also means that in the eight years of the Civic Pride Awards, more than £150,000 has now been raised for charity.
Provost Clarkson said: “The Civic Pride Awards fill me with a huge amount of pride.
“Not only do we reward groups and individuals who bring so much to communities across North Ayrshire, but the awards dinner allows us to support two magnificent charities which make a huge difference to the lives of many local people.
“Cash for Kids provides vital support to the most vulnerable children within our communities and their efforts help to improve the lives of many underprivileged young people throughout North Ayrshire.
“And the Ayrshire Hospice also delivers an invaluable service to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. All patients are treated with such dignity and respect, with a clear focus on helping them to live as normal a life as possible and making today matter.
“Thank you to everyone who helped make the Civic Pride Awards such a success and contributed so generously – the fact that we have now broken through the £150,000 barrier is fantastic.”
Mandy Yule, Chief Executive of the Ayrshire Hospice, said: “We are indebted to Provost Clarkson for his continued support of the hospice both in a fundraising capacity and his support of our annual Go Purple campaign.
“To raise over £9,000 for the hospice at this year’s Civic Pride Awards is just incredible. It is only with the support of people like Ian, his enthusiastic team and communities across Ayrshire that we are able to continue to provide our patient-centred services, free of charge, to patients and their families.”
Lynne Bennett, Charity Manager at Cash For Kids, said: “I would like to thank the Provost and his team at North Ayrshire Council for their continued support at the Provost’s Civic Pride Awards. This was a fantastic amount of money to raise and will help greatly with our work with and on behalf of underprivileged children in Ayrshire.
“We would also like thank the Provost and his team for successfully supporting our Superhero Day which raised £4,020 in total - £824 was raised by Council staff at Cunninghame House and a further £3196 was raised in schools. It was an amazing effort.”
The winners of the Provost’s Civic Pride Awards 2018 were: Citizen of the Year Award and Arts & Culture Award - Ryan Moir of Largs; Young Citizen of the Year Ellie Hannah, of Greenwood Academy, Irvine; Community Group Award - Whitlees Community Association, Ardrossan; Sports Award - North Ayrshire Athletics Club; and the Provost’s Award - Active Schools Young Leaders Arran.