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Community Windpower provides 250 Christmas hampers to charity

North Ayrshire Christmas hampers

Despite the Covid-19 restrictions, North Ayrshire Foodbank was able to take delivery of 250 Christmas food hampers, to distribute to under privileged families before the festive holidays.

Among the local charities and organisations to receive the hampers were Children 1st, Barnardo’s and the Family Nurse Partnership.

The hamper donation came from Community Windpower, which operates three wind farms in the area, Dalry, Millour Hill and Millour Hill Extension, and it is the seventh consecutive year the company has supported the foodbank at Christmas.

Craig Crosthwaite, coordinator at North Ayrshire Foodbank’s, which is based in Ardrossan's Church of Nazarene, said: “During this unprecedented year we’ve once again been indebted to our friends at Community Windpower, who have not only supported us again at Christmas, but also provided significant support from the moment the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

“The generous donation will help 250 families in the area at a time when they need it most.

“It would have cost us around £15,000 to put together the 250 hampers that Community Windpower has donated, and we know every hamper will be very much appreciated.

“All donations make a huge difference to young people and North Ayrshire’s most vulnerable families who face hunger, and it’s particularly poignant as we approach Christmas.”

Community Windpower would normally have more than 30 volunteers, including members of the 55th Ayrshire Dalry Scout Group and a team from Community Windpower, to organise and hand out the hampers at Dalry Scout Hall.

But this year, due to Covid-19, it wasn’t possible, so a small band of just six, all socially distancing, prepared each hamper and then safely ‘handed’ them to representatives from the local charities, agencies and good causes.

The Family Nurse Partnership, which provides intensive support for young families, was one of the organisations to receive hampers.

Marlyn Gibson, from the Partnership, said: “We look after a number of families who often find Christmas a real struggle, so these hampers will support many during the festive period, particularly after such a difficult year.

“Without the kind donations some young parents just don’t have enough food for themselves and their children, so they’re very grateful to both Community Windpower and the North Ayrshire Foodbank.”

Community Windpower has supported the Foodbank at Christmas since 2014, contributing almost 1,250 hampers and other donations worth £115,000 in that time.

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, said: “We’ve been an intrinsic part of the local community for 14 years with our Dalry and Millour Hill wind farms, and will continue to help the North Ayrshire Foodbank, particularly at this time of year.

“We’re really grateful to the limited number of people who helped prepare, pack and deliver the hampers this year, all while following the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 guidelines.

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

“This year has been very tough on many children and their families and we’re just trying to do our bit and provide support to those who really need that little bit of extra support this Christmas.

“Craig and the team at North Ayrshire Foodbank do a fantastic job in helping so many people and we’ll continue to support them as we move into 2021.”

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