Answering Pitstop appeal

LOCAL businesses have stepped in to throw a financial life-line to the troubled Pitstop youth facility in Forfar.

Staff and members were left stunned earlier this year when their grant application for vital cash was turned down, leaving their plans for the future in jeopardy.

They had hoped to tap in to the Enterprise Growth Fund and had applied for £63,000 to upgrade their facilities in Academy Street to allow it to open six nights a week.

Their application included funds to set up a juice bar in the upstairs area, as well as activities such as pool, computers, games and a chance to meet others in a really smart place.

There were real fears the services offered to those aged between 10 and 21 would have to be cut back, although the committee which runs the facility pledged they will continue to look for additional sources of funding.

In January they appealed to local businesses and tradesmen willing to give up their time and skills to help take the project forward - and a number have come forward.

Several local businesses offered help in a variety of ways. Laird Bros. has offered building materials, David Shepherd has offered kitchen equipment, Colin Smith discounted white goods for the kitchen/bar area and Graeme Denyer and Tony McGuiness of HomeworX have offered their time free to fit the kitchen/bar area as well as relocate radiators. Local builder Scott Davidson has also offered his services.

Furthermore, HomeworX and David Shepherd went along to Pitstop one evening to have a look at the area in question and the architect’s plans.

Sylvia Breen of Pitstop said: “They were full of ideas of what we could do and we’re very grateful to them for coming along. Hopefully we’ll be successful in one of our many applications for the Juice Bar project, so that we can get started.”