Festive cheer from LEAP and Waitrose
Isolated elderly people are given Christmas food hampers
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