Pentland Piano Festival

April 2017


Over 60 pianists aged from 7 to 87 amazed the audience throughout the day on Saturday 18 March at the South Kirk venue for the inaugural Pentland Piano Festival. With participants from across Penicuik, the Lothians, Scottish Borders, and exchange students from Germany and Poland, the venue resounded to a wide variety of music styles and genres. Encouragement and advice to the players was always on hand from the adjudicator and distinguished pianist Peter Antonelli MBE. The evening concert attracted a wide audience from across Penicuik and beyond. The music was varied, exciting and outstanding, from both solo players and duets. The Festival displayed the wealth of musical ability we have in our community and showed the support provided by our schools in promoting and encouraging such musical talent. The success of this first Festival, the brainchild of Graham McDonald, senior music teacher at Beeslack Community High School, from which many of the student players came, ensures that it will be back in 2018.

The Orcome Trust financed this inaugural meeting and will have established the Pentland Piano Festival as an annual event.

Horatio’s Garden

March 2017

Horatio’s Garden opened in August 2016 at the Scottish National Spinal Injuries Unit at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow. This is the spinal unit for the whole of Scotland. Designed by acclaimed garden designer and RHS judge, James Alexander-Sinclair, Scotland’s Horatio’s Garden has transformed the view for patients from the wards and communal rooms to something which is life-affirming to look out on to. The planting encourages birds, butterflies and bees, adding a dimension of interest for patients who can be on bed rest for weeks. There is a therapy garden with a greenhouse, donated by Hartley Botanic, for patients to grow vegetables and plants and a play area for patients’ children to go to during long visits.

Leonard Cheshire

October 2016

Leonard Cheshire support disabled people to have the freedom to live their lives the way they choose.  What they do goes far beyond providing social care. They help disabled people find and remain in employment. They build confidence through information, advice and guidance, and to break down barriers through access to computers and adapted IT equipment.

Handicapped Children Action

October 2016

The purpose of Handicapped Children’s Action Group is to be there to provide the funding for all types of specialist equipment that will help to give disabled children independence and mobility. They also hope they are able to give a lot of the children the ability to join in with the activities of children their own age. Many of the children have only been able to ‘watch from the sidelines’. They provide the equipment that enables them to have as normal a life as possible. The lives that most able bodied people take for granted.

Ladywood Leisure Centre

May 2015


Ladywood Leisure Centre is a community managed facility in Penicuik. It is run as a social enterprise by the Penicuik Community Sport and Leisure Foundation. Their mission is to be a resource for the people in and around Penicuik, offering social, recreational, educational and training opportunities with a view to healthy living and responsible citizenship and supporting local business and enterprises.

The Trust donated towards gym equipment.

Stable Life

April 2015


Stable Life provides a safe, nurturing and learning experience using the horse and its environment to help young people reach their full potential, and become healthier and happier with aspirations and dreams. Young people are referred from across Scottish Borders from many partner agencies such as school, social work, NHS, school nurses, CAMHS - Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services - and other voluntary agencies.

The Trust donated towards a new stable block.

In Chorus

April 2015

In Chorus is a registered charity that raises funds for local and national causes and has raised more than £30,000 for UK charities. InChorus has been singing and performing since forming since 2008 and consists of over 90 members of all ages. 

The Trust donated towards new sound equipment.

Butterfly Conservation

March 2015


Butterfly Conservation is a charity that was formed by a small group of dedicated naturalists in 1968 following the alarming decline of many beautiful butterflies.

The Trust donated to the Peatland Butterflies Restoration Project.

Large heath butterfly photograph - credit John Knowler

Youth Philanthropy Initiative

November 2014

Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is an established leader in the field of citizenship education programmes, providing a uniquely intensive, all round programme which has proven impact on personal, enterprise, employability and citizenship skills. YPI has been cited in eight of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education (HMIE) School Reports as an example of best practice in Citizenship Education, specifically referencing its ability to develop wider achievement and enrich the life of the school.

The Trust is a partner of YPI in Midlothian.

The Ben Walton Trust

November 2014


The Ben Walton Trust was established in 1996 and commemorates Ben Walton and his year-long fight against oral cancer. The trust aims to raise awareness of the disease among the general public and health professionals, to fund research and to encourage appropriate palliative care.

The Trust’s donation helped towards an online learning module assisting with early recognising and referral and help with the publication of a soft food cook book for patients.


November 2014, October 2016


YPI is an established leader in the field of citizenship education programmes, providing a uniquely intensive, all round programme which has proven impact on personal, enterprise, employability and citizenship skills. YPI has been cited in eight of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education (HMIE) School Reports as an example of best practice in Citizenship Education, specifically referencing its ability to develop wider achievement and enrich the life of the school.

The Trust is a partner of YPI in Midlothian.

“It sounds cheesy but YPI changed our lives.  Even though we didn’t win, we still enjoyed the process and continue to volunteer and fundraise for our charity.”
Pupil who participated in YPI in 2016

“YPI was great fun as we got to work as a team to help a local charity that we felt passionate about.  It was quite stressful but only because we cared so much and wanted to win.  All our hard work paid off when it was announced that we were the winners!”
Pupil who’s group won YPI in 2017

“YPI is a fantastic opportunity for pupils.  It provides them with the chance to raise awareness of social issues and the work of local charities, as well as getting them actively involved with their local community.  It’s inspiring to see the passion and creativity that comes from them.  On the other hand it has a huge impact on skill development, and it has supported the school to deliver Curriculum for Excellence.”
Laura Graham, YPI lead teacher, teacher of RMPS


Garvald Glenesk

April 2014

Garvald Glenesk was set up in 1998, in order to offer residential care and support to twelve adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues and/or autistic spectrum disorders. The philosophy supporting our work is based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner, whose approach to human psychology and development highlights the uniqueness of each individual human, whatever their disability. He also developed particular therapeutic methods that we support the practice of at Garvald Glenesk.  The fundamental aim of Garvald Glenesk is to offer a happy, secure and fulfilling home life to every resident, and to create a community in which people can live and work creatively and peacefully.

The Trust donated toward their Gardening Programme.

Multi Cultural Family Base

April 2014

Multi Cultural Family Base promotes the well-being and life opportunities of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, young people and families. It helps children have improved emotional well-being, leading to improved life chances and helps them to be less socially isolated and abler to take part in the life of their community.

The Trust donated toward a football initiative.

Carlops Church

April 2014


Carlops Church is our local Church of Scotland church, an important part of the community. The Trust paid for the rebuilding of the organ and also contributed to a new stained glass window.

Scottish Autism

April 2014

Scottish Autism is an organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of people with autism. It has a dedicated team of experienced autism advisors who are on hand to give emotional and practical support to families and professionals. Whether it is signposting to particular services, information on getting a diagnosis or just someone to talk to who understands, they have someone who can help.

The Trust gave a donation towards television furniture.


April 2013


The Royal Scottish National Orchestra was founded in 1891 and since then has worked with some of the world’s most respected conductors and soloists – among them Gustav Holst, Richard Strauss, Artur Rubinstein, Aaron Copland, Luciano Pavarotti and Elmer Bernstein. It has played a crucial role in shaping the musical life of the nation.

The Trust donated towards a music room in their new centre in Glasgow.


April 2013

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded in the 17th century as a physic garden. Now it extends over four Gardens boasting a rich living collection of plants, and is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education. The Garden is first and foremost a scientific institution, dedicated to discovering and describing plants and their relationships, evolution, conservation and biology. This research is underpinned by the Garden’s internationally important collections of living and preserved plants, a large specialist Library, and by modern well-equipped laboratories.

The Trust donated to The Rarest Botanical Art & Literature Collection.

St Columba’s Hospice

April 2013, July 2013, November 2015

St Columba’s Hospice has been open since 1977.  Its mission is to ensure everyone within our community has access to excellent palliative care whoever they are, wherever they are and whenever they need it.

The Trust has donated towards nursing stations and the creation of family rooms.

St Andrew’s Hospice

April 2013, November 2015

St Andrew’s Hospice is an independent charity providing care and treatment for those living with life threatening illnesses in North and South Lanarkshire. It strives to meet the needs of all irrespective of religious, cultural or ethnic background.

The Trust has donated to their Children’s Drop in Centre and towards general running costs.

Kidney Kids

January 2012

Kidney Kids Scotland was founded as a Charitable Trust in July 2000 to help children with renal illness and their families.  Families continue to be a priority for the Charity ensuring they are supported when they most need it. These families come from all over Scotland.

Kidney Kids Scotland supports hospitals all over Scotland supplying them with much needed equipment and funding for posts recognised as being essential. Kidney Kids Scotland has been instrumental in funding and developing The Paediatric Renal Network in Scotland.

The Trust donated towards Jamie’s Fund (Biofeedback in Scotland)

Gardening Leave

January 2012

Gardening Leave is a charity which aims to improve the physical and mental health of serving and ex-Service people using horticultural therapy in walled gardens across the UK. Bringing ex-Service people together and encouraging them to take part in gardening activities can have positive results on their mental well-being. Gardening Leave states that its therapy is intended to provide ‘structure, routine and exercise’ all embedded characteristics of a military career and often lacking in civilian life, with the hope of helping people overcome feelings of isolation and lack of control. It says that walled gardens are used because they give a sense of privacy and security allowing people to relax.

The Trust donated towards the Bridgend Project, allotments on the south side of Edinburgh.

PBC Foundation

December 2010

The PBC Foundation is the only UK organisation that specifically helps those affected by Primary Biliary Cholangitis (liver disease): patients, their carers and their families, and health professionals. They serve members in over 65 countries around the world. They offer a range of services that include a helpline, website (with a separate section for members), a comprehensive compendium on PBC and a quarterly magazine that includes clinic pages written by world eminent PBC specialists. They host a range of events which include members’ meetings, self-management sessions and medical conferences.

The Trust donated to The Bear Facts project which is one of the publications created by the charity.

Up River: The Song of the Esk

August 2009


The Trust helped to fund the production of the book ‘Up River: The Song of the Esk’ by Darren Woodhead, detailing his residency. Book published by Birlinn, 2009.

Darren Woodhead

2006 to 2008


Darren Woodhead: two years as Artist in Residence at Carlops, recording local areas of natural beauty and wildlife and giving workshops and lectures, involving the community.