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Community Windpower's Christmas hamper project reaches 9th year

Pete with Bags

Using community benefit funding from CWL’s Dalry, Millour Hill and Millour Hill Extension Community Wind Farms, another year of hamper packing and distribution was successfully completed by a group of hard-working volunteers in the Dalry Scout Hall.

For some at Christmas time, the cost of food and treats is simply too high. These hampers have been described as a “lifeline” for local families for almost a decade, providing a selection of Christmas-themed vegetables, healthy fruits, soft drinks, chocolates, and delicious meat from local butcher R. Stalker and Son. CWL and North Ayrshire Foodbank have had a close working relationship for almost a decade now, and 2023 was no different; in December, 250 hampers (500 food bags) were packed to be distributed to those in need at Christmas time.

Pete Boustead, CWL’s Educational Ranger for BeGreen Dalry, and Craig Crosthwaite, Development Manager as North Ayrshire Foodbank, coordinated the hamper packing and distribution. It was completed in record time and people could receive their food parcels as soon as possible. Pete said: “I’d like to extend a massive thank you to the hardworking volunteers who came and packed the Christmas hampers, and to local butcher Ronnie Stalker who prepared and bagged the 250 meat packages. What a mighty effort all round!”

Craig Crosthwaite said: “We work with 104 agencies who issue our food vouchers to clients facing, amongst other terrible social issues, food insecurity. We provide Christmas food hampers, using funds from Community Windpower, to those recommended by the agencies, but it’s heartbreaking making the allocations and declining people. We thank Community Windpower for their annual grant, generosity, and compassion.”

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