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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.

The Crerar Hotels Trust donate a massive £9000 to expand the service in Stirling

Great news, Crerar Hotels www.crerarhotels.com are supporting Food Train to expand the service in Stirling by donating a massive £9000.  Food Train will use the money to purchase an additional delivery vehicle which will provide shopping help to a further 83 older people who are disadvantaged by age-related frailty, disability or ill health and who are struggling to manage this vital task for themselves.  The Stirling branch already have 157 registered members receiving weekly support from local volunteers, many of whom consider Food Train as a lifeline.  On behalf of older people in the city of Stirling and in the rural communities of Stirlingshire, the staff and volunteers of Food Train would like to say a huge thank you to Crerar Hotels for their support and generosity.

Neil Henderson's Charity Cycle

Neil BikingAnnan volunteer Neil Henderson recently completed a charity cycle in aid of Food Train and Food Train Friends.  On Sunday 19th May Neil set off from his home town in Annan and travelled through Longtown up  through Moffat before climbing the Devil's Beef Tub into the Borders and through Lanarkshire into Biggar where he stopped for lunch.  Neil then cycled down through Johnstonebridge into Gretna and back to Annan via Longtown - a total of 150 miles were completed.  Neil had arranged sponsorship for this event via a guess his time for the official 'Down to Longtown' cycle (a total of 125 miles) which he completed in 9 hours and 33 minutes.  There were 2 sponsors who guessed closest at 9 hours 35 minutes, Susan Dunion won a bottle of champagne and Ann Stevens won the bottle of wine.  Neil raised a wonderful amount of £860 for the charity.  Food Train would like to thank Neil for his hard work and continued commitment to Food Train and Food Train Friends.

Well Done Neil.

The Silverline Forum

Food Train staff, customers and volunteers were invited by Age Scotland to attend a recent forum in Edinburgh with The Silver Line to help advise and share experiences of issues faced by older people. 

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