Monday, October 20, 2014

Lottery Funding Will Help Preserve Historic Scottish Caves

The UK National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund has awarded a £4,094 grant to a Scottish charity that works to preserve some historic caves and the unique drawing on their walls.

Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society (SWACS) was formed in 1986 after vandals drove a stolen car into the cave and set fire to it, destroying an irreplaceable drawing in the process.

SWACS volunteers have been working hard to preserve the caves ever since. The charity also provides guided tours and organizes educational talks. The new funding, awarded via Big's Awards for All Scotland program, will be used to purchase new equipment necessary for recording the many unique carvings on the cave walls.

Once obtained the new recordings will be used as part of new presentations SWACS will share with schools and colleges.

On hearing that SWACS big for lottery funding had been successful, Glenrothes and Central Fife MP Lindsay Roy, said: "I congratulate the Save Wemyss Ancient Caves Society on their successful applications to the Big Lottery fund. I would encourage others to see if they too might qualify for some financial aid."

Each year the Big Lottery distributes 40% of the money the UK National Lottery set aside for good causes. The money is used to provide assistance to community groups and projects that are believed to have a positive impact on health education and the environment.

Big's Awards for All Scotland program provides grants between £500 and £10,000 for projects designed to improve local communities as well as the lives of people who have the most need.