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Garelochead club has a ball with extra funding

A HELENSBURGH sports club has been able to purchase new equipment with funding from Ross and Liddell’s Community Bursary Scheme.

The property management company, which looks after a number of properties in the area, has supported the Key Supports Boccia Club, which welcomes people with all levels of disability to play the game.

The club was launched in August and has around 20 members from the Helensburgh area who regularly attend the sessions every Wednesday lunchtime in Centre 81, in nearby Garelochead. 

As the club has become more established, more Boccia sets, which consist of six red, six blue and a white ball, were needed to meet the increasing member numbers. 

Billy Cunningham, support manager at Key Community Supports, said: “We are extremely grateful to Ross and Liddell for the kind donation. 

“There is not a huge amount of activities available to people with learning disabilities in the area so the club has really gone from strength to strength in the last few months. However the cost to purchase a Boccia set is around £240 which is a lot of money for a new club.

“The investment from Ross and Liddell came at the perfect time and the members would like to thank the company for its support.”

Key Supports Boccia Club provides a place for members to meet and socialise with each other as well as getting regular exercise. 

Billy added: “Our members have a great time playing Boccia and if we can continue to work on improving their skills perhaps someone could represent Great Britian in the Paralympic Games in the future.” 

Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance. 

Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “We are thrilled to be able to back the Key Supports Boccia Club through our community bursary programme. This group makes a huge difference to its members and this vital support must continue. 

“Often the cost of running and purchasing new equipment can have a negative impact on an organisation so it’s fantastic that this funding has provided some assistance at the right time. 

“We wish the group the best of luck for the future.” 

The Bursary Programme is now in its third year and was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community. 

The initiative has attracted a significant number of applications from a wide range of community groups and charities across the country.