Cornton Vale sells goods for Charity

On Friday 13 June 2014 Cornton Vale hosted a sale of works.  The event saw the prison sell goods produced by offenders, with all the proceeds going to three worthy causes – Bannockburn Riding for the Disabled; Aberlour Family Support Service in Glasgow and Eilidh Duncan, a local child suffering from a rare genetic disorder.


The event is a result of Cornton Vale’s successful partnership working with Menstrie Parish Church.  They donated a large amount of seeds to the establishment, with the arrangement that any plants grown would be returned to the church for their annual summer plant sale, which took place on 7 June 2014.  Any surplus plants would then be returned to Cornton Vale for the establishment’s sale of works event.


Cornton Vale has also received donations of planters and other items from other prisons. All of these products have been produced via a recycling process, or have been created from scrap/left over wood. 


This community event has allowed the women of Cornton Vale to positively contribute towards three charities, while also letting the public see the high standard of goods and services produced at Cornton Vale. 


A subsequent event will invite the charities into Cornton Vale to be presented with funds raised. This charity event will allow the women to positively contribute to organisations that benefit communities across Scotland.


Lillian Dougan, HMP YOI Cornton Vale Offender Outcomes Unit Manager, said:  “This is a wonderful way for the women in Cornton Vale to pay back to the community.  This venture started with a donation of seeds to Menstrie Church from Sutton Seeds and has led to the congregation raising £700 at their plant sale.  Offenders, staff, friends and partner agencies of HMP & YOI Cornton Vale then rose over £1700 through our sale.”


“It was an event that made Cornton Vale a recognisable part of the local community.  The women and staff should be proud of the part they played and achieved together.” 


Notes on benefitting charities
Bannockburn Riding for the Disabled is a charity dedicated to enhancing the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people by providing therapy, exercise and enjoyment through equine activities.
Aberlour Family Support Service offers short and long term residential family rehabilitation programmes within a 12-apartment custom built development in Glasgow's East End. 

Eilidh Duncan is a local child from Alloa.  The two year old suffers from a rare condition called chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction with intestinal failure.  It prevents her from eating or drinking and her home must be kept sterile at all times to prevent infection.  Funds raised will go towards her care costs.