Wigtown Book Festival in line for top award

A book fan at last year's festival
A book fan at last year's festival

The ScottishPower Foundation has today announced that the Wigtown Book Festival is in the running to win an accolade at the inaugural ScottishPower Foundation Awards.

The Wigtown Book Festival has been nominated in the Community and Impact Engagement category, thanks to their exceptional work in the local community with the longstanding Festival. 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 aim to recognise and celebrate the amazing achievements of the nineteen outstanding charities and non-profit organisations who have received funding from the ScottishPower Foundation over the past year.

Representatives from each project will attend an awards ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland on Wednesday, 10 September 2014, where the winners of each category will be announced. Each winning project will be awarded an extra £7,500 funding to further enhance the hugely valuable services they currently provide.

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 strengthening the positive relationship and bridging the gap between business and community.

Ann Loughrey, Trustee and Executive Officer of the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all of our outstanding projects! We work with a diverse range of organisations from all around the UK and their achievements never cease to amaze and inspire me. We are delighted to have been able to play such an important role in this process and I look forward to celebrating their achievements with them on Wednesday.”

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. The standard of entries is very high and we feel privileged to be nominated alongside some really inspiring projects. We have our fingers firmly crossed that we’ll do well on the day and bring the award and further funding home to Wigtown.”