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ABP’s Jenna Croasdale (left) donating a cheque of £10,228.83 to Helen Russell Newton (right) of Newton Tenant’s Association

ABP's Port of Ayr is pleased to announce its recent successful fundraising endeavour that has significantly benefitted important local charities. Through a unique initiative, the Port of Ayr turned scrap metal, left over from the Vattenfall’s South Kyle wind farm project which came through the port, into a source of substantial donations, providing crucial support to various charitable organisations in the Ayr and Troon communities.

The South Kyle wind farm project, composed of 50 turbines situated across East Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway, was completed last year. As part of their commitment to sustainable practices and community engagement, ABP's Port of Ayr creatively utilised the leftover scrap metal from the wind farm construction to generate funds that would be directly invested back into the community.

One of the beneficiaries of this initiative was the Newton Tenant’s Association, located just behind the port. Recognising the impact of the wind turbine components passing through their streets during the construction phase, the association received an astounding £10,228.83 donation from ABP. This contribution will undoubtedly empower the Newton Tenants Association to continue their invaluable work in the local community.

Furthermore, ABP's Port of Ayr extended its generosity to other notable local charities. Ayrshire Cancer Support, Ayrshire Hospice, the Fishermen’s Mission, Whiteley’s Retreat, and Aberlour Children’s Charity each received £1000 in support of their respective causes.

Bryan Davies, Divisional Port Manager, North West Coast, ABP said:

“This initiative underscores ABP’s commitment to sustainability, community engagement and social responsibility. By repurposing the remnants of a recent wind farm project, the Port of Ayr is pleased to have been able to play an important role in not only minimised waste, but also fostered positive change within the community.”

Helen Russell Newton, Secretary, Newton Tenant’s Association said:

“We are deeply grateful to ABP’s Port of Ayr for their incredibly generous donation, which will play a significant role in helping us to continue our mission of enhancing the lives of those in our community.

“The wind turbine components passing through our streets during the South Kyle wind farm project were a constant reminder of progress and change, and this donation solidifies ABP's commitment to the local community.

“With this financial backing, we can further our efforts to create a more vibrant, resilient and supportive community for all. Thank you, ABP for making a meaningful difference in our lives."