A CHARITY which supports women and children experiencing domestic violence has been chosen as the Moray Business Women’s charity for 2016.
Moray Business Women Club members voted to support Moray Women’s Aid at its first meeting of the year.
The decision was made at a Burns Supper where three charities gave presentations on why they should be chosen.
Caroline Overton a member of the board of directors for Moray Women’s Aid said they were delighted: “We are excited and ecstatic to be chosen as MBWCs charity of the year for 2016.
“Working together in our joint 10th Anniversary years, MBWC and MWA will make a real difference to the lives of many women, children and young people living in Moray.”
Carline added: “We would like to thank all the members that voted for us, we know how difficult it must have been with such worthy competition in attendance, and this makes our winning the opportunity even more cherished.”
Other charities to pitch to the group of women were children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent and Elgin-based Step By Step which runs baby and toddler groups for vulnerable and lonely parents.
Donna Harper, president of MBWC said it was a tough decision: “We had a great response to our calls for charities to come forward. The committee whittled the applications down to three and it was up to the members to make the final decision. It was a really tough decision as all the charities pitched so well.”
She added: “There is a nice symmetry though that Moray Women’s Aid have been chosen. We are both celebrating our 10th year and both organisations are there to support women. I think this will be a great year for both us and Moray Women’s Aid.”
Also at the Burns Supper was Lucy Lintott from Lucy’s Fight for MND Scotland which was the chosen charity for 2015.
Lucy is battling Motor Neurone Disease and was presented with a cheque of £9,000.