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Five Edinburgh charities have secured more than £29,000 between them, with three using the funding to help pay staff.

The money is part of the latest tranche from Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland’s Henry Duncan awards programme.

Mary Craig OBE, the foundation’s chief executive, said: “These Edinburgh-based charities all work hard to improve the lives of disadvantaged people, and that also has a positive impact on the lives of their families and the communities where they live.”

The largest award – of £7360 – has gone to Scotland Yard Adventure Centre which has play areas for primary school-aged children with special needs.

Elsewhere, £7000 has gone to Dates ‘n’ Mates; £4600 to Almond Mains Initiative; £4257 to Race Equality in Wester Hailes and £6000 to the Refugee Survival Trust.