Food bank £10k grant is hailed

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East Kilbride News - - COMMUNITY POLICING - Nicola Find­lay

A life­line East Kil­bride food bank has been awarded a £10,000 fund­ing boost.

Loaves and Fishes, based in Car­ron Place, Kelvin In­dus­trial Es­tate, was fac­ing an up­hill bat­tle when its old van broke down and they were faced with a huge re­pair bill.

The van is es­sen­tial for the ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of drop-offs the char­ity has to make, par­tic­u­larly over busy pe­ri­ods such as Easter and Christ­mas.

But thanks to the £10k Na­tional Lot­tery grant, the or­gan­i­sa­tion, headed up by anti-poverty cam­paigner De­nis Cur­ran MBE and wife Cathy, will be able to re­place the van and con­tinue help­ing fam­i­lies on the bread­line in East Kil­bride and be­yond.

In recog­ni­tion of the tire­less ef­forts of Loaves and Fishes and De­nis to help those in poverty, Dr Lisa Cameron, MP for East Kil­bride, Strathaven and Les­ma­hagow, pre­sented the com­mu­nity stal­wart with an Early Day Mo­tion (EDM).

De­nis told the News: “When the en­gine blew up on the old van we were look­ing at a re­pair bill of £4000 at least which is money we just don’t have.

“This grant is an ab­so­lute life­saver for us as with­out the new van we would strug­gle to get by.

“De­mand is only in­creas­ing and it would be near enough im­pos­si­ble to get parcels out to those who des­per­ately need them us­ing just a car.

“And the van also has our logo on it as well which gets the word out there about Loaves and Fishes and what we do.

“We are thrilled by this grant and thank Dr Cameron for the Early Day Mo­tion (EDM) high­light­ing our work.”

Dr Cameron, said: “A good num­ber of con­stituents in­clud­ing reg­u­lar users of ser­vice high­lighted to me the im­pact that De­nis and Cathy have made in terms of prac­ti­cal help Loaves and Fishes of­fer to peo­ple, host­ing a sit­down meal for 40 peo­ple twice a week.

“It’s al­ways a plea­sure catch­ing up with De­nis and hear­ing how the £10,000 grant from the Na­tional Lot­tery will be used to buy a van and help with es­sen­tial de­liv­er­ies for Loaves and Fishes.

“De­nis also en­quired about grants for lo­cal res­i­dents and I out­lined that Scot­tish Power have in­tro­duced a pro­gramme to help those in fuel poverty.”

A heart­bro­ken De­nis pre­vi­ously told the News that he and Cathy felt un­able to re­tire af­ter 25 years due to the un­prece­dented de­mand for their ser­vices.

This grant is an ab­so­lute life­saver...

Life­line Dr Lisa Cameron MP hands De­nis the Early Day Mo­tion

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