Briggs Marine hope to spread some festive cheer throughout the local community and beyond after donating a total of £30,000 to much deserving causes including Burntisland Primary School, The Cottage Family Centre and Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS).
The family-owned marine and environmental company, which has been based in Burntisland for 50 years, has never lost track of its roots. Holding on to its original values, Briggs Marine actively supports the local community and gives back wherever possible.
Collieson Briggs, Managing Director of Briggs Marine said:
“It is important to us that we can continue to support the local primary school, The Cottage Family Centre and CHAS who each do a fantastic job locally in supporting our future generation, vulnerable children and their families.
We realise that this year more than ever, there is a heavy reliance on charities and funding so we hope our contribution can help these deserving causes continue to provide the crucial support that many depend upon.”
The Cottage Family Centre provides a range of support to families and individuals 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 of The Cottage Family Centre said, “We are absolutely delighted to receive such a significant donation from Collieson and the Briggs Marine team during what can only be described as one of the most difficult years for families in our Christmas appeals history.
The aftermath of the pandemic and cost of living crisis has impacted our families across our communities in ways we couldn’t have imagined. This donation will make sure that our most vulnerable children and their families will have full bellies over the festive period.”
Reflecting on the support provided throughout the year, she continued:
“There are no words to say how thankful we are to Collieson and the Briggs team for everything they do year after year to support us, from providing transport on delivery day to providing support and advice for our Big Hoose Project to supporting us to collect items for our Fill a Bag events to supporting individual families during the toughest days and moments of their lives.
Anyone who knows Collieson and the team at Briggs Marine knows they are not just a business, they are a lifeline in our community to so many and we feel very privileged to know that they are with us as we try to make a difference every single day”.
CHAS on the other hand, have a mission to reach every family in Scotland that needs its care, providing hospice services nation-wide to babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
CHAS’ Corporate Partnerships Manager, Angharad Low commented:
“We are so grateful for this very kind donation from Briggs Marine. This is a difficult time for the families CHAS supports. Not only do they have to face the unthinkable reality that their child will die young, but navigate difficult financial situations brought about by the increasing cost of living. This donation will help CHAS support families through this difficult period, whilst ensuring they can make the most of the time they have together, no matter how short that may be. On behalf of everyone at CHAS, thank you so much!”.
The local primary school, which has kept close links with Briggs Marine throughout the years, was also awarded a generous donation of £10k.
Julie Anderson, Headteacher at Burntisland Primary, concluded, “This is fantastic news for the school. We cannot thank Briggs Marine enough for the incredible donation, yet again. The difference this money makes to our families and children, is immeasurable and life changing. We never take it for granted and we always appreciate it.”