Handing over gifts: l-r Lynn Hobbin (Food for the Way), Michael Laurenson (LL), Ben Mullay (LL), Edna Irvine (LL), Peter Jamieson (Food for the Way)

Living Lerwick handed over Christmas donations of food and gifts last week to the Shetland Food Bank and Food for the Way representatives for those in need in our community.

The Town centre organisation has been running an appeal for Christmas gifts over the past few weeks and would like to pass on a heartfelt thankyou to those members of the public who have dropped off presents to hand on.

Living Lerwick received £1,500 of funding from Improvement Districts Scotland Ltd to provide a project with a community benefit, and chose to assist the appeals run locally by the Shetland Food Bank and Food for the Way. Between the donations from the public, and the purchase of gifts and food from local shops, almost £2,500 worth of items have been donated. Don Leslie’s donation of food more than doubled the cash value paid, and other town centre shops provided discounts on items bought for the appeal.

Food handover: l-r Martyn Neeson (Don Leslies), Steve Mathieson (LL Chairman), Edna Irvine (LL), David Grieve (Shetland Food Bank)

The Shetland Food Bank, run by the Trussel Trust, will help to distribute these items through their established network of clients. The Food for the Way team will assist with the distribution through local agencies from the Methodist Church Hall in Lerwick.

Living Lerwick Chairman, Steve Mathieson said “We are very grateful to Improvement Districts Scotland and the two local distribution agencies who are assisting us with this appeal. It’s a difficult time of year for people who have less than others and if we are able to help, with the assistance of local businesses, then we are delighted to make Christmas that bit better for a few people.

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