Housebuilder lends support to East Lothian charity

L-R: Tam Orr (chairman, Beyond Boundaries), Kate McLauchlan (Cruden Homes sales advisor), and Eddie McKenna (Cruden Homes site manager).

CRUDEN has given back to the East Lothian community where it is building new homes by donating four large container units to local charity, Beyond Boundaries East Lothian (BBEL), which supports people aged 16 and over with disabilities and mental health issues.

With help from volunteers and the local community, BBEL provides outdoor activities and adventure sports experiences for those living in East Lothian, including kayaking, canoeing, wild swimming, river walking and all-ability cycling.

The containers were previously used as site accommodation at Cruden’s Longniddry Village development. The charity will use them to store materials such as wetsuits, paddle boards and kayaks at its base in Prestonpans. They will also provide a useful meeting space before carrying out these activities.

Last year, Cruden provided support to local schoolchildren by lending a helping hand to Longniddry Primary. Bringing the school’s playground back to life, the team repaired previously broken benches and provided new planters.

Hazel Davies, sales and marketing director at Cruden Homes, said, “Our aim is to not only build homes, but to do all we can to support and enhance the communities we build in. Beyond Boundaries East Lothian is a wonderful charity that has a life-changing impact on local individuals. We’re delighted to continue supporting the local community by donating these containers.”

Steven Nelson, founder of Beyond Boundaries East Lothian, added, “It’s exciting times ahead for all, thanks to Cruden Homes. Their donation of four containers will enable us to have ample storage for all our equipment, as well as to put forward plans for a permanent home for BBEL members.

“One container will provide a meeting place and club area, and another will be the BBEL office. The remaining two units, subject to successful planning applications, will help us create a designated community presence in Prestonpans, providing regular outdoor activity services to people across East Lothian who have disabilities and mental health issues.”