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Stirling News

The latest news from the Stirling branch of Food Train.

Food Train Stirling soon to be on Facebook

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

Crerar Hotels present Food Train with a cheque to fund 3rd vehicle

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

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Food Train Volunteers raise £415.13 from a Charity Bag Pack at Morrisons Supermarket in Springkerse Retail Park

Volunteers of Food Train would like to thank the customers of Morrisons supermarket in Springkerse Retail Park for their generosity during a Charity Bag Pack event on Saturday 8th June 2013.  Weekend shoppers donated their loose change to Food Train volunteers who helped pack their groceries for them, raising a fabulous £415.13.  The money will be used to purchase uniforms for our volunteers, so they are easily identified by our older customers when we visit them at home.  Also thanks to Morrisons for allowing us to carry out the event at their store and all their wonderful staff who were so helpful on the day.  Food Train volunteers who 'packed with a smile' to raise funds for this worthwhile cause were Eleanor Phillips, Faith Pentland, Elizabeth Mackinnon and Dawn Thow.  A BIG Thank You to all of you for giving up even more of your time to do this.

The Erskine Cunningham Hill Trust, Edinburgh, donate £1000 to support Food Train

Food Train are delighted to announce that The Erskine Cunningham Hill Trust, Edinburgh, have made an award of £1000 to support our expansion in Stirlingshire.  The money will be used to kit out our new vehicle with equipment essential for providing the service and safety equipment to protect our volunteers whilst carrying out their duties.  This is a fabulous contribution which will help to sustain and grow a valuable service for older people who need help.  On behalf of all our existing and pending customers, the staff and volunteers of Food Train would like to say a massive thank you to The Erskine Cunningham Hill Trust, Edinburgh for their support and generosity.

Food Train recognised in Stirling as Volunteer Friendly!

Food Train were delighted to be presented with the very first Volunteer Friendly Award (in Stirling) by Provost Mike Robbins on Wednesday 5th June at the Volunteer Awards Ceremony, held in the Raploch Community Centre.  The Ceremony is part of the annual FESTIVOL which celebrates volunteers and the work that they do to support local communities.  The Volunteer Friendly Award recognises organisations who can demonstrate and evidence that they involve, support and value volunteers.  Regional Manager Fran Thow accepted the Award from Provost Robbins and stated how delighted Food Train are to be recognised in this way.  She also encouraged other organisations to take part in the scheme.  Food Train volunteers Ian Corlett, Dorothy Burnage and Elizabeth Mackinnon attended the Ceremony with Fran.