Oban playpark team wins national award

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Fiona Sharples and Liz Cottier, from Friends of Oban Community Playpark, receive their award from TV presenter Kaye Adams, left, and Rebecca Pritchard from Triodos Bank, one of the sponsors.
Fiona Sharples and Liz Cottier, from Friends of Oban Community Playpark, receive their award from TV presenter Kaye Adams, left, and Rebecca Pritchard from Triodos Bank, one of the sponsors.

FRIENDS of Oban Community Playpark have won the Celebrating Communities award at the Scottish Charity Awards.

The group were presented with their award at ceremony which took place at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on June 9.

The awards, organised by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), celebrate the life-changing difference people and charities make across Scotland.

Friends of Oban Community Playpark won the award for creating an inclusive outdoor active playpark for children aged two to 15 years in the town. More than 40 per cent of the funds for the park were raised by the local community.

Elizabeth Cottier, from the Friends, said: ‘We are so delighted to win this amazing award. We could not have done this without the support of the whole of Oban and the surrounding villages. It’s a fantastic community that really pulled out all the stops to support the fundraising in so many inspiring ways.

‘We must also mention the unfaltering dedication of our chair, Lyndsay Elliott, the rest of the committee members and all the support we have received from Argyll and Bute Council, Atlantis Leisure, Wicksteed Ltd, Sport Scotland and the many other charities that provided us with funding.’

Shulah Allan, convener of SCVO, said: ‘I’m in awe of all the finalists and winners. Thanks to their efforts, more people in Scotland are receiving the support they need when they need it and we’re all more aware of important issues, and causes, which affect vulnerable people, and us all.’