THE work of Benarty Community Shop has been showcased at Westminster.

Lorna Gallagher was delighted to represent both the Ballingry shop and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust on her recent visit.

She attended the launch of the Coalfields Communities All-Party Parliamentary Group as the community representative for the CRT in Scotland.

Lorna commented: "It was an honour to be chosen by the CRT to attend this event at Westminster and to showcase our community shop on behalf of the groups they work with in Scotland.

"The CRT has given us tremendous support including grants, free courses and general help and advice.

"They not only support our shop but also other projects and groups in our area.

"It is imperative that the Coalfields Regeneration Trust continues to be funded by the Scottish Government so that they can continue to support projects like ourselves."

Pauline Grandison, head of operations for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust in Scotland added: “I have worked with Lorna for a number of years and it has been a delight to see Benarty Community Shop going from strength to strength.

"We are privileged to work with so many fantastic community organisations across Scotland to improve the lives of those living in former coalfield communities so it was a delight to be able to showcase the work of Benarty Community Shop to MPs at our event."