CALA Homes Help North Berwick Day Centre Get Back On the Road

by Heather Peebles

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

A local group at the heart of an East Lothian community has welcomed a substantial boost to its fundraising goal from the UK’s most upmarket home builder.

CALA Homes (East) has given a generous donation to North Berwick Day Centre helping the voluntary group surpass its original target for a brand new bus.

Cala cheque presentationThis means the Day Care Centre, which provides a vital lifeline to older people in North Berwick, will now be able to replace its current dated bus with a state of the art model.

Carol Wicker, Co-ordinator at North Berwick Day Centre, said: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone who has contributed to our fundraising efforts over the past few months.

“We’ve held a variety of events but never could have dreamed of raising in excess of £60,000.

“It’s been fantastic to see the whole community really pull together and now we can set our sights on a bus even better than the one we originally had in mind.

“Our current bus has been very temperamental recently and has been breaking down a lot. Many of the older people can’t make their own way to the Day Care Centre so it really is crucial that we have a vehicle that’s fit for purpose.

“Everyone is really excited about the prospect of a new bus and we hope that we will be able to organise more day trips once it arrives.

“It’s great to see a company like CALA really help the local community in the area where it builds and I’d like to thank them for their good will and generosity.”

The North Berwick Day Centre is all about improving the quality of life for older people who live independently in and around North Berwick, offering a safe and welcoming environment for them to make new friends and keep in touch with old ones.

It provides a range of activities to help people learn new skills and hobbies, rediscover old ones, build confidence and live longer and happier lives.

Rod Howat from CALA Homes attended the day centre’s latest ‘Jam Fest’ fundraiser where he presented the cheque and was treated to a selection of home-made jams and chutneys from the centre’s volunteers.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be handing over this donation on behalf of CALA Homes.

“The North Berwick Day Care Centre is such a fantastic organisation which plays such a vital role in helping foster a Cala cheque presentationreal sense of community spirit in the town.

“Its dedicated volunteers are a real credit to North Berwick and we hope that our contribution towards the bus will help the service run for many more years to come.”

CALA is committed to investing in the communities surrounding its homes. It currently has two developments in the coastal town of North Berwick including its award winning Gilsland Grange and Priory Meadow developments offering spacious and elegant family homes.

While only four properties remain at Gilsland Grange, the newly launched Priory Meadow has a wide selection of 4 and 5 bedroom detached homes available as well as 3 bedroom terraced properties from CALA’s award-winning Signature Range.

For more information about the developments visit

Private: Heather Peebles

Based as a PR in Edinburgh, Heather Peebles is a highly-valued member of the team at Holyrood PR. Her work with the Scottish public relations consultancy sees her advising clients in healthcare, construction, renewables and logistics. As well as delivering numerous successful PR campaigns, she is also experienced in crisis PR and reputation management.

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