A legacy fund donation from EDF Energy’s Torness power station has been given to Berwickshire running group the Chirnside Chasers.
The cash will be used to buy new equipment, train coaches and to hire a sports hall which will allow disabled athletes training opportunities.
The money, £4000, comes from the company’s Sporting Legacy Fund which was set up after the London 2012 Olympics to capture the spirit of the Games. EDF, of which EDF Energy is a UK subsidiary, was an official partner and electricity supplier to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company supplied electricity to the Olympic Park which was backed by low-carbon nuclear and renewable sources.
Torness maintenance manager Gordon McKenzie presented the cheque to the group at a ‘mini Olympics’ event where more than 40 children took part.
Gordon said: “It was fantastic to see the children really enjoying getting involved in events like the shot put and javelin and to know the equipment was bought with the money from Torness. I was really pleased to give a medal to all the children who took part.”
Torness station director, Paul Winkle, added, “We are delighted to be able to help the Chirnside Chasers in this way and I would hope the new equipment will help make a difference to the existing members of the club and perhaps encourage some new ones.”
Leeann Ross, head coach of Chirnside Chasers said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received this donation from EDF Energy. This enabled us to purchase equipment and train more coaches to hopefully increase and retain the numbers of children participating in athletics. It will also allow us to increase our work with disabled athletes allowing them the opportunity to enjoy sporting activity.”