Charity strikes deal with bakery giants
A charity that operate in Rutherglen and Cambuslang have struck a deal with bakery giants Greggs to help elderly people enjoy a treat.
Contact the Elderly help tackle loneliness and isolation by hosting Sunday tea parties for over 75s who live alone.
The recently linked up with Greggs, whose Scottish base is in Cambuslang, who offered to support the meetings with free non-savoury items.
The project was brokered by Diane Whateley, business connector for Rutherglen and Blantyre.
Diane said:“Once I’d confirmed with Greggs that they were happy to make the donations, and the charity had the practical means to receive the donated bakery goods at the end of trading days, I put each party in touch.
“I’m excited to see how wide the partnership between Greggs and Contact the Elderly could go from here.”
For the initiative, which will also see reduced wastage, Greggs committed its unsold end-of-day cakes and pastries to 15 monthly groups, encompassing sites across South Lanarkshire and further afield including Glasgow and Aberdeen.
Raymond Reynolds, retail director at Greggs, said:“In the last year, we achieved our target of doubling food donations and have ambitious plans to grow this more in the years ahead.
“Through our food donation programme, we are able to re-distribute unsold food from our shops and surplus stock from our supply sites to charity.
“We are proud to work with a number of UK charities including Contact the Elderly, and do our bit to help those in need.”
Base Greggs’ Scottish HQ is in Cambuslang