Fes­tive cheer from LEAP and Waitrose

Iso­lated el­derly peo­ple are given Christ­mas food ham­pers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Iso­lated el­derly peo­ple across South La­nark­shire will enjoy a happy Christ­mas thanks to a Cam­bus­lang-based project.

Light­burn El­derly As­so­ci­a­tion Project ( LEAP) teamed up with Waitrose this Christ­mas to de­liver food ham­pers to el­derly peo­ple in need across the re­gion.

They set out yes­ter­day (Tues­day) to spread fes­tive cheer to those who need it most.

Waitrose have run their Christ­mas iso­la­tion project for the past three years to sup­port the com­mu­nity. The store at New­ton Mearns de­cided to use that to sup­port the Hands On Project’s ham­per scheme, which is also in its third year. As a re­sult, Waitrose have pro­vided all the fund­ing and stock this year.

As a re­sult, 150 el­derly peo­ple who are on their own will enjoy a merry Christ­mas this Fri­day.

Among them was 91 year old Thomas Mor­ris of Borgie Cres­cent in Cam­bus­lang.

He was one of the first to re­ceive the ham­per and said: “The Hands On Project pro­vides a great ser­vice and I really ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port it gives over the course of the year. I al­ways look for­ward to the vis­its I have with my be­frien­der ev­ery week, be­cause we al­ways have a good chat and a great laugh.

“The project has made a huge dif­fer­ence to me over the last year. Es­pe­cially when I can’t get out as much as I used to, it’s great to look for­ward to that weekly visit.

“I would rec­om­mend the ser­vice to any­one who might be in need of it.”

Stu­art McGre­gor, LEAP’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, said: “We are so grate­ful for all the help and sup­port pro­vided by Waitrose.

“It is fan­tas­tic that they have been so gen­er­ous and agreed to fund the en­tire cost of all the ham­pers, as well as pro­vid­ing the stock and con­tents of them.

“Our part­ner­ship with Waitrose helps to make sure that we can reach many of the Hands On Project clients who are most in need of sup­port this Christ­mas time.”

Jamie Wishart, branch man­ager at Waitrose New­ton Mearns, added: “We have been in­volved with LEAP over the past two years and we are de­lighted to be able to of­fer our sup­port again, at such an im­por­tant time of year. LEAP pro­vides a vi­tal ser­vice to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and I know hav­ing at­tended the AGM how im­por­tant the ser­vices LEAP pro­vide are to res­i­dents.

“Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment is at the heart of Waitrose, we do­nate £1000 a month to lo­cal char­i­ties nom­i­nated by our cus­tomers, and pro­vide 250 hours of sup­port to lo­cal causes through our part­ner vol­un­teer­ing scheme. I

“f you would like to know more or get in­volved, please con­tact Waitrose New­ton Mearns.”

If you are in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing with the Hands On Project please call 0141 641 5169.

Help­ing out LEAP vol­un­teers get ready to de­liver gifts to the el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble

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