SEVERAL Bankie charities and groups are £1,000 better off after receiving a donation from the council’s Gaul Trust.

West Dunbartonshire Council Provost Douglas McAllister and Depute Provost John Millar met with representatives from groups to hand over £8,000 in donations.

Among the group were St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, who received a cheque for the care and support they offer to people and families living with both malignant and non-malignant illness. The hospice cares for patients in a variety of settings, home, care home and in the hospice.

Money was also given to Clydebank Stroke Club which offers help and support to people who have suffered strokes to socialise and support each other.

Provost Douglas McAllister, said: “We have many great charities and support groups in West Dunbartonshire that are worthy of a donation.

"The charities and support groups which received a donation do a great job looking after some of our most vulnerable residents.”

The Gaul Trust was established in 1933 to benefit local groups in West Dunbartonshire.