Since 2015, the Provost has been involved in selecting an official 'charity of the year'. This scheme is a way for Stirling Council to promote awareness of local charities that carry out important work in our communities.
How the Provost's charity of the year is decided
A charity receives this status when:
- the Provost formally nominates them by sending a proposal to Stirling Council's Civic Panel
- the Civic Panel agrees with the Provost's proposal
What the Provost's charity of the year receives
The Provost's charity of the year receives:
- a £1,000 donation
- support from the council on issues like promotion and awareness raising
Our current charity of the year
For 2023-24, our charity of the year is the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund. The charity was established in March 2010 following the death of Eilidh Brown who had been diagnosed with a form of Turner Syndrome.
The charity was established and is operated by Eilidh’s parents, Gordon and Nicole. They offer respite care for families affected by a cancer diagnosis and since 2022, have opened a purpose built respite home in Thornhill which provides short breaks to young people and their families.
The Eilidh Brown Respite Home offers every family who uses the facility £150 to spend on food shopping and essentials for the duration of their stay.
"Eilidh Brown’s provides a small oasis of tranquillity for a week where families who are going through the treatment of cancer or, sadly like ourselves, have lost a child to cancer, can spend much needed quality time together and be a real complete family unit.
“Eilidh Brown’s gives families a chance to hug together, play together and just be together in what we think are beautiful, peaceful surroundings. We hope we can just give our families a wee week of normality where they can create some wonderful memories to help them on the extremely difficult path they are on.“
- Gordon Brown