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Retired Oban supermarket staff have donated more than £2,600 to Hope Kitchen.
The money will help re-stock food shelves at the charity’s Soroba Road base, helping feed people in need.
Teresa Russell and other members of the T-Birds, a group of ex-Tesco staff, handed over a cheque for £2,684.15 to Hope’s service manager Catriona Petit.
The supermarket has a fund to support its retired workers keep in touch with regular get togethers, lunches and activities but when the pandemic put paid to their social meet-ups, the money was unspent – until now.
Teresa said: ‘There was money left in the pot because we haven’t been able to meet because of Covid so we decided we wanted to use it to help out locally. Tesco was happy for us to choose a charity. We knew how much work Hope had done during lockdown to support the community in many incredible ways and thought it would be good to replenish their pot.’
The charity is especially close to Teresa’s heart after it helped her out of a lockdown panic.
‘During the first lockdown, someone was concerned enough to mention me to Hope. The next thing I knew, a car was pulling up to check on me to see if I needed help and supplies. It took away all the worry. It just went. I was getting anxious and beginning to panic. My prayers were answered. It was just brilliant. For that reason, Hope will always be close to my heart,’ said Teresa who was involved in a serious road accident a number of years ago and uses a wheelchair.
Catriona from Hope said the T-Birds’ donation from Tesco was ‘a bonus’ at this time of year.
Over Christmas, the charity helped more than 400 people with goods and sent out 700 gifts across the community.
‘We need to replenish our food stocks. Receiving this money in January is a bonus for us. We get money from other places but we have to spend it in certain ways. We tend not to get money to buy food, but we need to buy staples to go with other food donations to help us provide people with a good, balanced diet. Thank you T-Birds and Tesco,’ said Catriona.
Caption: Christine MacDonald with Catriona Petit, Teresa Russell and Kay and Jim Harrison handing over the T-Birds Tesco cheque.