Children and families in need across Glasgow and Inverclyde will receive a generous donation of money, food and gifts courtesy of building contractors McDermott Group this Christmas.
A fleet of 13 Santa-driven McDermott Group vans has been delivering the company’s donation to local foodbanks in Scotstoun and Greenock and to national charity Action for Children’s local services for disadvantaged children in Greenock and Glasgow city centre.
In total, the company is donating more than £3,000 of cash, food and gifts to help vulnerable people in Glasgow and Inverclyde this festive season.
The donation to Action for Children will be distributed to a number of vital services operated locally by the charity. These include Silverton Short Breaks, a residential service in Glasgow for disabled children who stay for up to five nights at a time and are given access to specialist equipment, sensory toys and therapies they wouldn’t have at home.
In Inverclyde, Family Support Volunteers offers families facing lots of challenges extra support to make sure children are living in happy, healthy homes while Moving on Scotland works with ex-prisoners, and their families, who have turned their lives around. McDermott Group’s donation will provide the children in these families with a gift to open on Christmas Day when they otherwise might have nothing.
More than £1,000 of food is being delivered to the Glasgow North West Foodbank in Scotstoun and to Inverclyde Foodbank in Greenock, both part of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network, helping to stop hunger amongst those living below the poverty line this Christmas.
McDermott Group is also donating food to the food redistribution service run by local North Glasgow housing association NG Homes for the benefit of tenants in need.
Commenting on McDermott Group’s donation, Julie Lunt, Senior Fundraiser at Action for Children said:
“McDermott Group have gone the extra mile and shown real kindness this Christmas by donating money, food and gifts to a number of local charities including Action for Children. Their generous donation will be put to very good use, helping some of the most vulnerable people living in our communities to enjoy Christmas this year.”
Kyle McCormick, Project Manager for Glasgow North West Foodbank, said:
“Sadly, there continues to be high demand for the Glasgow North West Foodbank and the vanloads of food McDermott Group are kindly donating will help us continue to meet that demand and ensure even more children, families and individuals living locally don’t go hungry this Christmas.”
Ian Esson, Community Pastor at Greenock Elim Church and Manager for Inverclyde Foodbank, said:
“Our mission is to bring hope to the community by ensuring that no-one in need goes without food and support this Christmas. The food McDermott Group generously delivered to us will not only help towards that mission, but will literally transform lives this Christmas. For this we would like to say thank you!”
Darren McDermott, Managing Director of McDermott Group, said:
“From talking to excellent charities like Action for Children and the Trussell Trust Foodbank network, we know that Christmas can be a particularly hard time of year for the vulnerable and less fortunate among us. That is why we wanted to make a donation to those charities that work so hard to make their lives easier by providing food, advice and a range of other types of support. With McDermott Group currently working on a number of projects in the local area, it is really gratifying to know that our donation can make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged families and individuals in Glasgow and Inverclyde this Christmas.”
Notes to Editors
Photos by Julie Howden.
- The McDermott Group Ltd is a leading privately owned collection of diverse and dynamic forward thinking companies operating throughout Scotland. The multi-disciplined group has grown organically over the past 40 years and specialises in market sectors including construction, property investment and development, mechanical services, heating, plumbing and electrical services, renewable technologies and the distribution of bathroom products.
- Action for Children has been helping children and young people across the UK for the past 148 years. Its ambition is for any child who needs help to get help. Action for Children gives young people the chance to fulfil their potential and make the most of their lives. It offers 87 services across Scotland and, last year, helped 14,000 of Scotland’s most disadvantaged children, working in partnership with local authorities and other agencies.
- The Trussell Trust partners with local communities to help stop UK hunger. Its 400-strong network of foodbanks provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In 2016/17 it gave 1,182,954 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. Recognising that stopping hunger is about more than food, it is working with foodbanks to provide a range of new services like money advice and Fuel Banks, helping people to break the cycle of poverty.
- For further information, please contact Alex Bruce on 07747 636504 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.