A charity set up in memory of a Cowdenbeath dad has been awarded a share of a £50,000 community funding pot.

Tartan Talkers will receive £3,000 from GoFibre's GoFurther Fund which will help with vital running costs for the charity which was set up by Jackie Walls after she lost her nephew, Scott Taylor, to suicide in March last year.

The charity extends a lifeline to vulnerable people suffering from isolation and desperation.

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Since launching in September 2022, Tartan Talkers, which is based in Dunfermline, has provided support to over 300 people in Fife and the surrounding area, offering vital local information and support to those contemplating self-harm.

As a volunteer-led charity, the organisation currently relies on fundraising events and one-off donations to sustain operations. The £3,000 of funding will help cover operational costs, including rent and utilities, ensuring that the charity can continue its vital work.

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Founder Jackie Walls said: “Attracting funding is a particularly hard task in the current climate but thanks to GoFibre’s GoFurther Fund, we will be able to continue operating in St Margaret’s Church.

"This will, ultimately, support the community and help save lives.

“In just one year of operating, we have supported over 300 people with practical and emotional support, including facilitating a psychologist service. I would urge anyone struggling with isolation, depression, and desperation to reach out for support and we’re so grateful to be able to continue doing just that.”

Within this first round of funding, a total of five charities across East Lothian, Fife, and the Scottish Borders have received support from the GoFurther Fund.

Each eligible organisation has been chosen based on relevant criteria which included supporting the creation of work experience opportunities, developing skills and the local economy, promoting good health and wellbeing or actively tackling climate change and contributing to net zero targets in their local areas.