The Season of Goodwill
Briggs Marine has always had the local community and surrounding areas close to the heart of our charitable endeavours.
2016 has been no exception, with over £85,000 in funding and sponsorship being made available to various causes, including; sponsorship of local football and rugby teams, donations to foodbanks, and smaller charities as well as supporting our charity partners; Burntisland Primary School, CHAS and The Cottage Family Centre. We also made a substantial contribution to The Archie Foundation by successfully bidding on Oor Rabbie – The Bard and The Bucket at the Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail charity auction in September.
Burntisland Primary School has used their annual donation to employ a Family Support Worker for 10 hours per week. The Family Support Worker is also a trained Early Years Officer. The impact of this appointment has been invaluable for a number of families across Burntisland.
Depute Headteacher, Emma Clunie said; “The continued support from Briggs means that the school can keep the ongoing appointment of the Family Support Worker for another session, train them in the Incredible Years Programme, continue family programmes over the summer holidays, introduce a parents cooking group, a Dad's sports group and gardening group.
The donation has also helped towards funding their annual residential experience for P7 pupils, helping to reduce costs and ensure that all pupils can access this experience.”
Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) opened Rachel House, Scotland’s first children’s hospice in Kinross in 1996. The hospice provides accommodation for up to eight families and is a place where they can relax, have fun, receive expert care and live life to the full each day.
As well as providing vital hospice services for children and young people with life-shortening conditions, the charity also run a homecare service, CHAS at Home, helping and supporting over 400 families in their own homes when they need it most.
The Cottage Family Centre was established in 1987. The focus of the work at the Centre is to provide a range of support to those families and individuals within family units who are vulnerable to social exclusion as a result of factors such as poverty, unemployment, poor housing, relationship breakdown, drug and alcohol problems and health related issues.
Pauline Buchan, Service Manager at the The Cottage Family Centre said; “We are absolutely overwhelmed and delighted to receive this contribution from Briggs Marine which will be used to provide food and other basic essentials to some of the most vulnerable children and families in Kirkcaldy and the surrounding areas over the Christmas period when many services are closed or restricted.
We would not be able to run our Christmas Appeal without the support of the individuals and businesses in our communities and their recognition of the struggles faced by so many families on a day to day basis. Briggs Marine are not only supporting families in a practical sense but giving families out there who may feel a bit lost or like giving up, a real sense of hope and belief that there are people out there who want to at least try to make a difference and for that we can’t thank them enough.”
The Cottage Family Centre’s, helps families struggling to cope with the additional expense of the festive period. Last year saw over 750 families receive the Cottage’s Festive Packs, which contain a hamper of food with a Christmas dinner, warm clothes and toys for the children. As well as our monetary donation, Briggs Marine’s vehicles and staff will be part of the convoy that will deliver the packs to families on 22nd December.
Collieson Briggs, Managing Director at Briggs Marine said; “We are supporting charities where we could see families and children benefiting as a direct result. We wish all of our charity partners well for the coming year and look forward to supporting more community causes again in 2017.”