Char­ity strikes deal with bak­ery gi­ants

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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