Falkirk Foodbank gets £19k donation from Amey

Falkirk Foodbank has received a donation of more than £19,000 from long-term Trussell Trust supporter Amey.

By Kirsty Paterson
Monday, 17th August 2020, 12:36 pm
Updated Monday, 17th August 2020, 12:46 pm

Falkirk is one of just two food banks in Scotland to be given the generous donation by the infrastructure support company and its parent company, Ferrovial.

In recent years, many Amey staff have volunteered at the foodbank as part of the firm’s community involvement and it was one of them who nominated the charity to receive this additional cash.

Foodbank manager Jim Cooper and chairman Alastair Blackstock said they were delighted with the donation, which will be a huge help to continue their work.

Jim said: “With a world where lives have been devastated by Covid-19, we look for a bright light as a source of hope.

“That glimmer of hope has come from Ferrovial and Amey ensuring that no one will go hungry and no child will be disadvantaged by this terrible disease.

“We know it’s not going to be a quick recovery period and to get this money is fantastic. It will make a big difference to the work we do and will mean we can really help families who are in need.”

And the money will help them give families more than just food, if necessary.

Jim added: “We have been providing children with new beds, if theirs have been ruined and their families can’t afford a new one.

“That’s increased during the pandemic – more children are bed wetting because they have been very anxious.”

Paul Jukes, executive advisor, Amey, said: “We have supported Falkirk Foodbank in the past through our community involvement days and donations of materials which were all well received by the organisers.

“It’s fantastic now for the business not only to put staff time into this much needed community service, but also to make a significant financial contribution to help those in greatest need during this challenging period.”

Amey identified the Trussell Trust as a charity on the front-line of the fight against Covid-19 and helped secure a £270,000 donation for the Trussell Trust and 12 of its foodbanks across the UK.

The funds have been provided by the Ferrovial Together Covid-19 fund, which has so far donated over £900,000 to UK charities and more than £6.5 million around the world.