The Rockfield Centre in Oban has received an award of £18,000 from the Crerar Hotels Trust – in support of the centre ambitions to support economic regeneration, community health and well being, provide employment and enhance the tourism industry.
Crerar Hotels Trust is a charitable trust funded by and fully allied to the Crerar Hotel Group. Giving back to local communities to improve the quality of everyday lives is at the heart of Crerar Hotels, the business and the Trust. Each year more than half of the hotel group’s distributable profits are entrusted to the Crerar Hotels Trust for gift to charities and community projects local to Crerar Hotels throughout Scotland and Yorkshire.
Last year, in addition to these donations and as a pilot scheme, Crerar Hotels decided to launch the very first Crerar Hotels Community Prize. The winner’s prize fund being awarded to a local community project which bring together young and old people in a meaningful way. The only criteria was that each proposal should result in ongoing interaction between the generations in a community within one hour’s drive of any Crerar Hotel. The criteria was intentionally loose to allow communities to develop creative ideas which will work for them.
The entry put forward by Sharon Houston, General Manager of Crerar Hotel’s Oban Bay Hotel for Oban’s Rockfield Centre was considered so worthwhile that regardless of the prize, Crerar Hotels Trust unanimously agreed that the project should receive the full £18,000 requested. – Sharon and Tarquin De Burgh – one of the trustees, presented the worthy project with their cheque at Oban Bay Hotel on 20th January 2016.
Receiving the award, Gordon McNab, chairman of Oban Communities Trust said: ‘This is a very generous award from The Crerar Hotels Trust and will really allow us to push forward the project. We have already had great support locally from The Oban Bay Hotel, part of the Crerar Hotels group and general manager Sharon Houston and held our first fund-raising auction at the hotel.
‘Community support has also been amazing with volunteer input through work parties and in-kind help as well as donations received from individuals and local businesses we are delighted that the “Community Hut” is now really taking shape. This award allows us to pilot and progress activity over the coming months and allow us to take the next step of the journey with The Rockfield Centre as a centre of creativity in the heart of Oban.’
Note: the photograph above shows, from left: Gordon MacNab, chair OCT, Ronnie Neil ,director, OCT, Tarquin de Burgh Crerar Trust Hotels trustee, Sharon Houston General Manager Oban Bay Hotel and Eleanor MacKinnon, project facilitator.