The Haven, in Forth, is a Lanarkshire Charity offering support for those people diagnosed with Life Limiting Illness, such as cancer, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and many others. The Haven provides care, therapies and information to people with life limiting illnesses, and the opportunity of somewhere to feel welcomed and supported by staff and others who can share their experiences.

The charity had been operating out of a flat in Forth, but now with thanks to funding amounting to £169,083 from the South Lanarkshire Council Renewable Energy Fund, which distributes Community Benefit Funds from windfarms, to add to £340,000 from The Levenseat Trust, The Haven has been able to afford a purpose built facility which will allow them to continue offering support to the local community.

To date Muirhall Energy has given £461,000 to the South Lanarkshire Renewable Energy Fund, as a result of generation from wind farms in the area, which has been given to good causes across South Lanarkshire.

Janice Williams, Chief Executive Officer at The Haven, said:

“Development of the new Haven centre in Forth would not have been possible without the generous financial support of The Levenseat Trust, SLC Renewable Energies Fund and The Robertson Trust. However, it was not just financial assistance that made this possible; South Lanarkshire Council also provided advice and guidance at every stage of the project and this was invaluable.

“We are delighted that The Haven can now extend our services into Forth and rural areas across Clydesdale that face particular challenges in accessing local support.”

“The new purpose-built centre will provide the warm, welcoming and non-clinical Haven environment that we know our clients need, and a hub from which we can reach out to communities. Over time, the centre will also be developed as a resource for local communities.”

Councillor McClymont said:

“I cannot thank the funders enough and I know they are extremely proud of the new facility and the legacy this will be for the area. This was an idea from Jessie Griffin who co-founded the original Little Haven and I know she will be extremely happy with the outcome.”

Chris Walker, Managing Director of Muirhall Energy, said:

“We are delighted that we could help towards the new building, knowing that it helps so many local people.

“We have been involved with supporting The Haven for a number of years now, and it is great to see the positive impacts that the money generated by wind farms can have in the community.”

Click to see article by South Lanarkshire Council (30.12.16)