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Another 255 Christmas Hampers donated to North Ayrshire Foodbank


Despite the new Covid-19 Omicron variant, Community Windpower (CWL) alongside North Ayrshire Foodbank were able to pack and deliver over 255 Christmas food hampers to struggling families before the festive holiday.

CWL’s £15,000 donation was made to North Ayrshire Foodbank who deliver food to charities to ensure families can access food no matter the circumstances. Among the local charities and organisations to receive the hampers were Children 1st Barnardo’s and the Family Nurse Partnership.

The Christmas hampers were packed and sorted in the new 55th Ayrshire (Dalry) Scout Hall, BeGreen Dalry’s Pete Boustead new base, which was funded by the Dalry, Millour Hill and Millour Hill Extension Community Wind Farm community benefit fund. The hall is now open and the 55th Ayrshire (Dalry) Scouts group will be restarting sessions.

The packing was completed by foodbank volunteers, Ranger Pete and husband and wife duo Jack and Ellaine Paterson from Saltire Graphics. The hampers contain lots of Christmas goodies, meat sourced from local butcher Ronnie Stalker alongside fresh fruit and vegetables.

This will be the eighth consecutive year that CWL, who operate the local Dalry, Millour Hill and Millour Hill Extension Community Wind Farms, have supported North Ayrshire Foodbank at Christmas.  Since 2014 CWL have contributed almost 1,500 hampers and donated £130,000 in that time.

Craig Crosthwaite, Co-Ordinator at North Ayrshire Foodbank, which is based in Ardrossan’s Church of Nazarene, said: “This is now the 8th year working with Community Windpower and the generous donation will help over 250 families in the area at a time they need it the most.

“We know firsthand how appreciative families are for these Christmas hampers and they will make a huge difference to young people and vulnerable families across North Ayrshire this Christmas”.

Community Windpower have contributed almost 1,500 hampers since 2014 and through donations worth £130,000 in that time.

Diane Wood, Community Benefits Director at Community Windpower, said: “We’ve been a central part of the local community for 14 years through our operational Dalry and Millour Hill Community Wind Farms, and are proud to support North Ayrshire Foodbank again in 2021.

“It was excellent being able to send across Community Windpower staff this year to assist with the packing and delivery of the hampers after not being able to last year.

“The Christmas hamper donation is part of our ongoing activity to support people, families and business in this area.

““Craig and the team at North Ayrshire Foodbank do a fantastic job in helping so many people and we’ll continue to support them on their journey.”

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