Builder gives cash to River Carron group

The river avon
The river avon

A group’s efforts to clean up the River Carron has secured funding from a leading housebuilder.

Communities Along the Carron Association (CATCA) has received £1000 from Persimmon Homes East Scotland to support its efforts to regenerate the river.

The Carron, which spans 20 miles and involves 16 communities along its banks, was heavily polluted during its industrial heritage.

But over the past five years, CATCA has galvanised local support – engaging over 5000 people and raising over £100,000 – to fund the deep clean of the water.

Christine Bell, of CATCA, said: “To receive funding of such a significant sum like this is such a bonus!

Normally funding is tight and all ring fenced to strict and specific delivery outcomes which means available funding for ‘out of the ordinary’ projects is limited.

“We have a huge list of things we would like to use the money for and our committee will be asked to decide between projects.”

Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director at Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said: “This an excellent example of how through hard work and dedication volunteers can make a real difference that benefit communities and we are proud to support their efforts.”

The Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to £1000 to match money they have already raised themselves.

Jim added: “If people were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and try again.”