The latest news from the Stirling branch of Food Train.
A charity car boot sale held today raised £407.99 from the sale of goods donated by volunteers, customers and friends of Food Train! This is a great boost to our fundraising activities which will help us sustain and expand the service in Stirlingshire. A big thank you to everyone who donated goods and to all those volunteers who were up at the crack of dawn to help mann the stall. Luckily we were under cover so attracted a lot of attention from buyers when the heavens opened and everyone rushed for cover! Thanks also to the organisers on the day for letting us 'spill over' into another stall area due to the volume of bric a brac we had to sell. Volunteers who stepped up and showed off their selling skills were Margaret Cassidy, Charlie Lennox, Eleanor Phillips, Elizabeth Mackinnon and John Thow along with staff members Angela Edgar and Fran Thow.
Well done Food Train volunteers who, at the end of July, have contributed a massive 11,051 hours towards helping older people in Stirling with their weekly grocery shop. Food Train deliver 52 weeks of the year but can only do so with the loyalty and dedication of a team of caring and generous volunteers, all with a common aim, to support older people within their local communities. Food Train launched in the Stirling area in November 2011 and since then 174 older people have registered to receive help from our grocery shopping and delivery service. Fantastic!
Congratulations to William and Kate on the birth of their new baby boy yesterday! Food Train Stirling staff and volunteers were delighted to join in with local celebrations by adding some Union Jack bunting on their office door and Union Jack flags on their vans.
Good News! The Stirling branch of Food Train is soon to have a Facebook page. This is currently being developed and will be available to view soon. When it is ready we hope you will 'like' our page and 'share' it with your friends. It might just enable somebody who needs help with their shopping to find out about us. Watch this space!
Have you spare time? Could you give a few hours a week to help older people in your local community?
Thanks to Crerar Hotels, we are now sourcing an additional vehicle which means we can expand our service in the Stirlingshire area and register up to another 100 customers. This is great news but to successfully support 100 additional customers, we desperately need more volunteers to 'come on board' and help us with shopping and deliveries. You would be joining a friendly team to do meaningful work and, you, and any contribution you make, will be valued. If you can help in any way, or want to find out more, contact Fran or Angela at the office on 01786 450536 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 29th June, Food Train Regional Manager Fran Thow was presented with a cheque for £9000 by Marc Gardner of Crerar Hotels at the Loch Fyne Hotel in Inveraray. Marc is the General Manager for the Loch Fyne Hotel, which is part of the Crerar group of hotels. He recognised and applauded the vital service provided by Food Train volunteers for older people who cannot shop for themselves and commented that he was 'delighted that we were able to contribute to such a fantastic organisation'. He advised that Crerar Hotels donate 50% of their profits each year to local charities in close proximity to any of their establishments. Well done Crerar, Food Train applaud you! View the group of Crerar Hotels on their website www.crerarhotels.com