The Mary Salmond Trust (MST) grants to community and youth organisations in the North East of Scotland soared through the £100,000 barrier in 2015. Since 2007 the Trust has now awarded a grand total of £108,868.60 to 272 successful applicants.


In 2015, the Trust issued grants to 44 separate individuals and organisations up to a maximum of £500. This is the second highest annual total of awards since the inception of the Mary Salmond Trust.


Trust Chairman Roddy McColl said:


"We have been delighted to be in a position to award so many grants in 2015. The high quality of applications always makes it a difficult task to support as many worthy causes as possible. However, this last year with Alex Salmond able increase his annual contribution to over £38,000 we have been able to substantially step up the number of awards."


Trustee Elizabeth Wallace added:


"It is always gratifying to see the response and the amount of good work by community and youth organisations from a relatively modest amount of financial support. We have great people doing great things at grassroots level in the North East.  The MST gives them a helping hand."


Trustee Grace Burns commented:


"The Trust is currently well endowed with funds, but we are always looking for ways to increase our financial resources. In addition to direct support from Alex Salmond, we benefited from the proceeds of charity auctions organised by Mr Salmond and we would like to thank all those whose donations and auction bids made that support possible.”


Among some of the grants awarded in 2015 was a grant of £485 to the 33rd Aberdeen Brownies. This was to help meet the cost of taking the Brownies to Fyfe House at Keithhall for a holiday weekend in June.


Shona Mutch, Unit Leader of the 33rd Aberdeen Brownies said:


“The Mary Salmond Trust gave the Brownies a fantastic weekend which would not have been possible without our grant. The girls learned so many new skills from making their beds, cooking, setting the table to repacking their bags. We also had fun baking, making pizza, doing crafts, playing on the climbing frame and going for a walk through the forest. Some of the girls had never stayed in the country before and were amazed by the cows and the fact it was dark because they had no street lights.”


Another awardee was 74-year-old cycling enthusiast, Peter Robertson, who received £300. This helped towards travel and accommodation for Peter to attend national cycling championships. Peter is also President Forres Cycling Club and he and his wife Mary have run on club on a Tuesday night for around 40 years for kids from May to August.


Peter Robertson said:


"I've only been competing for the past five years and it is quite an expensive sport. I absolutely love it and I love competing at national championships. Without the Mary Salmond Trust I would have never been able to attend these events and I would have quite a few less medals for my mantle-piece!"




For details on Mary Salmond Trust please contact Roddy McColl -

Registered Charity Number SC038686