Trust wins global backing

Worldwide support to save the struggling Whithorn Trust has flooded in following news the centre faces closure due to a cash shortage.

An online petition has now reached 1400 names and cash donations have been coming in thick and fast after Dumfries and Galloway Council failed to stump up the £18,500 funding shortfall needed.

Now the centre’s plight has been inter­nationally high­lighted by organisers of pilgrimages in the USA who have been in touch to ask how they can help.

Trust manager Janet Butterworth said support has been “overwhelming” and continues to come from far and wide. She is due to have a meeting today (Friday) with MSPs Alex Fergusson and Aileen McLeod.

She said: “Hopefully, this won’t be the final meeting. We’re still getting phone calls from people all over asking what they can do to help, and the comments we’re getting are just so overwhelming. It’s great and it really gives us a boost to continue fighting so hard.”

Janet added that the comments online are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the support being levied.

The Trust is in the process of setting up a donation website through a charitable branch of BT, which should be in place in the coming weeks, but staff have already banked hundreds of pounds in cheques and cash. Janet added: “There’s certainly a will to do something, but no one really has the answer yet.”

You can keep an eye on the situation and offer your support via the Facebook page, just search for Save the Whithorn Trust.