Fund­ing boost for food bank

Cen­tre do­nates £1000

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - An­drea Lam­brou

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Town cen­tre bosses have re­sponded to Loaves & Fishes’ plea for help with a bumper cheque.

EK, East Kil­bride man­age­ment has made a £1000 do­na­tion to the cri­sis-hit food bank from its long-running com­mu­nity fund.

The ges­ture fol­lows a se­ries of News re­ports high­light­ing the plight of the char­ity which last month ran out of emer­gency food parcels for the first time in its 26year his­tory.

Chair­man De­nis Cur­ran MBE looked to the lo­cal com­mu­nity for sup­port and the re­sponse from the peo­ple of East Kil­bride was in­stan­ta­neous.

EK, East Kil­bride has joined dozens of gen­er­ous lo­cal folk, schools, com­mu­nity groups and busi­nesses in help­ing peo­ple in need in our town.

Mr Cur­ran said: “The out­pour­ing of sup­port from the East Kil­bride com­mu­nity has been in­cred­i­ble and the fund­ing from the shop­ping cen­tre is a very wel­come ad­di­tional boost to our ef­forts.

“To the in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies that we sup­port it is much more than a sim­ple do­na­tion.

“In prac­ti­cal terms the money will al­low us to buy more food and toi­letries and pro­vide ad­di­tional meals, but it also gives hope to peo­ple who have no hope and love to peo­ple who are des­per­ately in need of love.”

Ian McLel­land, cen­tre direc­tor at EK, East Kil­bride, said: “De­nis and his team do a re­mark­able job day in and day out to help those who are most vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety, so when we heard the char­ity was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dif­fi­cul­ties we wanted to of­fer our help.

“The cen­tre’s com­mu­nity fund has sup­ported many good causes over the years and we are pleased that we have been able to pro­vide some sup­port to help the Loaves & Fishes team con­tinue to help those in need in and around the town.

“We fully un­der­stand that the char­ity is still facing many chal­lenges and we will be work­ing with De­nis to try and iden­tify other op­por­tu­ni­ties where we can pro­vide ad­di­tional help.”

Loaves and Fishes was founded in 1989 and since then the East Kil­bride­based char­ity has pro­vided meals, food parcels and toi­letries to thou­sands of in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in need across La­nark­shire and Glas­gow.

The com­mu­nity fund is part of EK, East Kil­bride’s Help­ing Hands pro­gramme which aims to sup­port good causes and lo­cal ini­tia­tives.

A very wel­come boost to our ef­forts...

Food bank cham­pion De­nis Cur­ran MBE

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