Edinburgh’s business philanthropists join Garden Party roll of honour

Lord and Lady Provost celebrate the capital’s unsung heroes

Edinburgh’s business philanthropists are among those being honoured by the Lord and Lady Provost today (Friday, 29 July) for their contribution to local life.
They will be joined at this year’s Lord and Lady Provost’s Community Garden Party by a guest list comprising dedicated workers from the city’s third sector, community council members, and Edinburgh British Empire Medallists in the grounds of Lauriston Castle as a ‘thank you’ for their contribution to community life.
The BIG Project, which supports children and young people in Edinburgh’s Broomhouse district, will also be presented with a ‘Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service’ by the Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant Donald Wilson.

The Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, said: “As Edinburgh’s Volunteering Champion, I feel passionately that those who make a special contribution to community life through volunteering and charity deserve local recognition for their efforts.

“This will be our third Community Garden Party of its kind and it will be a celebration to recognise those unsung heroes and those people who really are the backbone of Edinburgh. I am looking forward to thanking them on behalf of the city.

“I am also extremely grateful to Jayne-Anne Gadhia and everyone at Virgin Money for their continued support and ongoing commitment to the city.”

More than 500 people will attend the celebration – sponsored by Virgin Money – in the grounds of the historic castle making it the biggest party of its kind yet.

Guests will enjoy afternoon tea on the lawn, with live music from local Edinburgh choir group the Aw Blacks, Chinese Opera singers and pipe bands.

A community dance group will perform while the Edinburgh Sketcher will draw live from the event. The Lauriston Castle Living History Group, suitably costumed in Edwardian dress, will treat guests to tours of the visitor attraction which are open to the public throughout the year.

Local Councillors have been asked to nominate community champions from all sides of the city to attend to join those Local Heroes recognised by the Edinbugh Evening News.

Sascha Macleod, leader of The BIG Project, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016 which represents a tremendous achievement for The BIG Project and the community of Broomhouse.

“Everyone involved, and in particular the volunteers who are integral to the success of the project are immensely proud of the recognition this award brings.
“We are delighted to be receiving our award from The Lord Lieutenant on behalf of her Majesty The Queen at The Community Garden Party at Lauriston Castle.”
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