Glaxo gives big boost to Angus groups

Groups and non-profit organisations across Angus have benefited from GSK's Community Awards
Groups and non-profit organisations across Angus have benefited from GSK's Community Awards

Groups across Angus and the Mearns have benefited from a slice of £10,000 from global health care company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

In September 2015, GSK Montrose announced that applications for their first annual Community Awards were open to registered non-profit charities and community groups.

The site committed £10,000 for the awards, to be donated to organisations dedicated to improving the lives of people in the Angus community.

Site engineering director Chris Barbour said: “As a global healthcare company with the mission to help people do more, feel better, live longer, we set up the GSK Angus Community Awards to recognise organisations who are committed to improving our local community and the lives of people in Angus and the Mearns.”

The response from the community was phenomenal, with applications coming in from all corners of the region.

Mr Barbour said: “We had a fantastic response from the call for nominations and our donations committee had some really tough decisions to make.

“All of the successful groups are involved in activities that align with our ‘do more, feel better, live longer’ mission in some way, from youth groups who encourage youngsters to take part in sports to support groups helping the elderly to stay active and healthy.”

A total of 19 groups received funding from GSK’s Community Award scheme.

The group to receive the largest donation was St John Scotland for the Angus and Dundee Area, who asked for a contribution towards an automatic external defibrillator for the Montrose First Responders.

These volunteers intervene to resuscitate someone when they collapse, defibrillate and give CPR and oxygen therapy until the paramedics arrive. On average they deal with three to five calls in an average week. Information provided by the Ambulance Service indicates nearly 50 per cent of cardiac arrest incidents survive if this early intervention, defibrillation and CPR is provided, if it is not available only about three per cent survive.

Mr Barbour said: “When we looked at this application we felt that it was an initiative that GSK would be proud to be associated with so we were pleased to be able to donate enough to allow the group to purchase the new defibrillator.”

The groups who received funding are: The Poppins Music Cafe; Arbroath and Montrose District Scout Council; Montrose Stroke Club; Forfar Airways; Montrose Triathlon Club; Monifieth Athletic Football Club (youth group); YMCA Montrose; Forfar Curling Centre Club; Art Moves; Forfar Academy Rock Challenge; Montrose Sailing Club; 1st Montrose Scouts; Ferryden Playgroup; Headway Tayside; Montrose Netball; St John Scotland Angus and Dundee Area; St Cyrus Scouts; Brechin Day Care; 3rd Montrose Rainbows.

The GSK Angus Community Awards will be open for nominations from non-profit making charity or community groups for the 2016 awards from June this year.

The GSK site in Montrose, which has been in operation since 1952, manufactures active ingredients for a number of GSK’s key medicinal products and employs more than 350 permanent staff plus contract workers and business partners.