Wigtown Book Festival wins award for community impact

Festival director Adrian Turpin (second left) accepts the award

Festival director Adrian Turpin (second left) accepts the award

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The ScottishPower Foundation has awarded Wigtown Book Festival a ScottishPower Foundation Award.

The Wigtown Book Festival was awarded in the Community Impact and Engagement category, thanks to the exceptional work of the project in the local community. The event is an award-winning 10 day literary festival featuring around 200 events and activities. It was set up 15 years ago to support the economy in the local Dumfries and Galloway area.

The Awards recognised and celebrated the amazing achievements of the 19 outstanding charities and non-profit organisations that have received funding from the ScottishPower Foundation over the past year.

Representatives from each project attended the awards ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland yesterday. Four projects collected an award and each winner, including Wigtown Book Festival, received an additional £7,500 funding to further enhance the hugely valuable services they currently provide for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.

The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013, to support charitable projects and reinforce the energy company’s commitment to charitable work throughout Britain. The Foundation, provides funds to support charitable initiatives that promote the advancement of education, environmental protection, citizenship and community development, arts, culture and science, as well as the prevention of poverty or disadvantage. Its aim is to make a significant and lasting contribution to society and enhance the quality of life in local communities.

It is dedicated to supporting the charity sector and bridging the gap between business and the community.

Ann Loughrey, Trustee and Executive Officer of the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all of our Award winners. We work with truly inspirational projects and the charitable work they do is admirable. We are delighted to have been able to play such an important role in this process and I look forward to seeing the benefit the additional funding awarded to Wigtown Book Festival will bring to Dumfries and Galloway.”

Adrian Turpin, Director of the Wigtown Book Festival said: “We are delighted to have been acknowledged for our contribution to culture in Wigtown. This project was made possible with the backing of the ScottishPower Foundation and we’d like to thank them for their continued support. We can’t wait to get home and tell everyone that we have won the award and that are bringing further funding for young people’s activities throughout Dumfries and Galloway.”