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Giving a helping hand to those who need it most at Christmas 18th December

North Ayrshire Foodbank volunteers

This week we spent time in Dalry, donating 250 Christmas food hampers to North Ayrshire Foodbank.

It was a humbling experience for the Community Windpower Ltd team, who went along to organise, pack and distribute the hampers to local charities and organisations, including Barnardo's, Cornerstone and the Family Nurse Partnership.

The donation came directly from Community Windpower, the sixth year running we’ve supported the foodbank, and it will help provide traditional Christmas food and drink to under privileged families.

Craig Crosthwaite, North Ayrshire Foodbank’s coordinator, based in Ardrossan's Church of Nazarene said: “Once again we’re indebted to our friends at Community Windpower, for this generous donation that will help 250 families in the area.

 “Without this help it would have cost us close to £15,000 to put together these hampers, and we know all our charitable partners are grateful for everything.

 “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.”

More than 30 volunteers, including members of the 55th Ayrshire Dalry Scout Group, joined the Community Windpower team to organise and hand out the hampers.

Representatives from local charities, agencies and good causes picked up the hampers from Dalry Scout Hall, to hand deliver them to children and families across North Ayrshire.

The Family Nurse Partnership, which provides intensive support for 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

“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 1,000 hampers and other donations worth £80,000 in that time.

Diane Wood, Community Windpower’s community benefits director, said: “We’ve been an intrinsic part of the local community for 13 years with our Dalry, Millour Hill and Millour Hill Extension wind farms.

“We’re grateful for the help provided by all the volunteers from the local area and Craig at the North Ayrshire Foodbank, to ensure the food hampers are delivered to children and their families that need a little bit of extra support.

 “The Christmas hamper donation is part of our ongoing activity to support people, families and business in this area, including through our BeGreen office in Dalry.”

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