£5,000 for Stay and Play group

A play project based in Cove and Kilcreggan has been given a £5,000 payout from the National Lottery.

Stay and Play was awarded the sum from the Communities and Family Fund.

The group, which meets from 9.15 to 11.15 on Wednesdays and Fridays, will use the money to expand by continuing to run over the summer holidays, although Cove Burgh Hall will be closed for the first three weeks in July.

Organiser Veronica Ferguson said siblings aged seven, eight or nine would be welcome during the school holidays – but she stressed that they had to be accompanied by adults.

The group is one of 32 across Scotland to share a total of £250,000; the announcement from the Big Lottery Fund said the peninsula group would spend the cash on buying new equipment facilitating active play, healthy eating, and arts and crafts activities.

The news was welcomed by local MSP Jackie Baillie, who said: “I am delighted that Stay and Play has been selected to receive this funding award.

“I hope the £5,000 award will help the toddler’s group to expand their current facilities and improve their activities for local children and parents who use this service.”

For more information about Stay and Play call Veronica on 07799 031649.