Donald John MacSween receives the Celebrating Communities Award on behalf of Point and Sandwick Trust from event host Sally Magnusson and Ashley Pringle, chair of the CLD Standards Council for Scotland, sponsor of the award.


Community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust won a major accolade at the Scottish Charity Awards on Thursday night (June 14) – taking the ‘Celebrating Communities’ trophy.

The award is for their charity work, funding and supporting community projects with the profits from their wholly community-owned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag. 

The Awards ceremony was hosted by Sally Magnusson and held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. 

The Awards are run by the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the national body representing the interests of charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. The shortlist included 40 individuals and organisations from across the third sector in Scotland.

Donald John MacSween, general manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, was there to collect the award. He said: “This has been a great night for PST, and recognition of the great support we enjoy from the Point and Sandwick community and further afield.

“We’re so proud of this fantastic achievement, coming only halfway through this, our second year of grant donations to the diverse community groups in our area. We hope to continue making a significant and growing contribution to our community in the years ahead.”

It is the second award for Point and Sandwick Trust. Two years ago, they were named Best Community Project at the Scottish Green Energy Awards.

In terms of power output (nine megawatts), the three turbines at Beinn Ghrideag make it the largest wind farm run by a community anywhere in the UK. 

However, last night’s recognition was solely for the charitable work by Point and Sandwick Trust, which started up as a charity in 2005 and began generating power in November 2015.

Andrew Burns, Convener of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), said: “A huge congratulations to our winners and all of this year’s finalists.

“Each of the 40 individuals and organisations shortlisted make a huge difference to the communities they work with, and I’m delighted that we have been able to bring the third sector together to both recognise and celebrate their achievements. We received over 13,000 votes for the People’s Choice Award so I would also like to thank all those who contributed to the evening by voting for their favourite charity. A wonderful night had by all.”

The People’s Choice Award, voted for by members of the public, went to Blood Bikes Scotland, a free out-of-hours courier service for NHS hospitals in Lothian and the Borders. They were also named Charity of the Year at the Scottish Charity Awards.

Donald John added: “Blood Bikes Scotland are amazing. There were a lot of terrific organisations represented last night and it was an honour to be amongst them.”