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GWA Community Support – Autumn 2022

We are all relieved to see a return to normal for our favourite activities, clubs, charities and events. However, the rising cost of living following the pandemic means limited funds have even further to stretch.

We have done what we can to support a number of causes that are close to the hearts of our clients, staff and local communities.

Since our last newsletter, we have been pleased to make several donations via our Staff Community Support Initiative. Glendale Curling Club was nominated by Lindsay Dalgliesh, Kathryn Heath put forward Tweedmouth Rangers with Andrew Blair nominating Benfield U12 Football Club. Most recently, Anna Spowart nominated Berwick WI and Susan MacGregor proposed Tweedmouth Amateurs Football Club.

We have been delighted to see the return of agricultural shows in 2022.  We know these are important community events for our farming clients throughout Northumberland, the Lothians and Scottish Borders.  Recently we have been able to provide advertising support to the Glendale Show and Holm Show as well as sponsorship of the Alwinton Border Shepherd’s Show.

Berwick Male Voice Choir has also made a tuneful return to action and we were pleased to provide advertising support for their 2022-23 concert season programme. We also donated raffle prizes to fundraisers organised by the Berwick MND Group and the Berwick Children’s Centre and continued our support for the annual Haddington Pipe Band calendar.

It was a pleasant surprise to be asked by Berwick Amateur Rowing Club (BARC) to name one of their newly purchased rowing boats. This was in recognition of the work partner Alan Patterson and the wider GWA team have done in looking after the Club’s accounts for many years. ‘The Flodden’ was officially named at an informal event at the Club on 27 July.

Some brave GWA colleagues also took part in the BARC Trade 4s event on 27 August. This is an annual community event which allows locals to try their hand at the sport while raising awareness and valuable funds for the Club. Following some gruelling training sessions and much agonising over costumes, Matthew Taylor, Neil Forrest, Robbie Dalgleish and Mark Thompson did us proud on the day by producing strong performances in each of their races.

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