Group is bowled over by wish list cash boost

Published: Friday 12 April 2024

This photo shows six of the members of the group standing in a row holding a prop big cheque. In front of them is a blue mat with a set of bowls laid out on it.

A local group has been bowled over by the results of their application to the council’s Community Wish List (CWL).

For, Fernhill Bowlers has benefitted from a donation of £250 towards the cost of transport to take members on trips, days out, or to a special event. 

Their ‘wish’ was granted by SSI Schaefer Plastics UK Limited, one of several local and national businesses signed up to respond when applications to the CWL come in.

The cash boost will help the group continue to tackle issues of social isolation experienced by many of their 40 or so mostly older and retired members and widen the opportunities for all involved.

Fernhill Bowlers’ Janette Oliver explained: “The club runs every Monday and creates a chance to socialise and learn new skills while playing a sport we all enjoy, having a natter entertaining one another, sharing our knowledge and stories.

“We would like to take a trip to other events or just enjoy a day away, but the cost of a bus is something we struggle with. That’s why this donation is so welcomed, as it allows us to continue to tackle loneliness and isolation which is something we pride ourselves on.

"The ability to offer something as simple as a community day out to the seaside can make all the difference to so many.”

A spokesperson for SSI Schaefer Plastics UK Limited said the company was privileged to be able to fulfil a community wish, adding: “We have a down-to-earth attitude, and our ambition is to be a long-term partner for customers and employees – embodying the characteristics that define our corporate DNA. 

“It’s a source of pride for us to boost our aims by being a part of South Lanarkshire Council’s Community Wish List.”

The CWL is supported by the council’s Community Engagement Team. Chair of the Finance and Corporate Resources Committee, Councillor Lesley McDonald, said: "This is another great example of the CWL and the unique and individual benefits it can bring to local communities and organisations. 

"I would like to thank SSI Schaefer Plastics and all of the other companies who have so generously donated so far."

Local community groups can submit a wish via the council website, by email, or by calling 0303 123 1017.

*There are no guarantees that every request will be selected, nor can a timeframe be given for when or if requests will be taken forward, as the process depends on contractors and suppliers choosing a suitable and feasible cause to support.