Falkirk singing sensation and friend collect 300 Easter eggs for food bank

A Falkirk singing sensation – and former Fairy Godmother – has transformed herself into the Easter Bunny to support underprivileged families.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 4:45 pm

Former star of The Voice and panto favourite Barbara Bryceland teamed up with close friend Kirsty Irvine Donaldson to collect more than 300 chocolate eggs and £300 in aid of Falkirk Foodbank.

The duo have worked in tandem to gather a huge haul of treats for children who might otherwise go without this Easter.

From drop-offs to drive-rounds, Ms Bryceland and Ms Donaldson, of Polmont, have also used their Facebook pages to bring in eggs and cash donations.

Kirsty Irvine Donaldson and Barbara Bryceland have collected 300 Easter eggs for children and £300 for Falkirk Foodbank. Picture: Michael Gillen.

The money will enable Falkirk Foodbank to put meals on tables and provide hard-up families with household items such as beds and microwaves.

Ms Bryceland said: “I saw it on Kirsty’s Facebook page and I thought, ‘I’m going to support that’ because it’s a great thing.

“I took it to social media and within three days we had hundreds of Easter eggs and £300. We’ve still got some coming in.

“I do my live shows every Saturday and Sunday from my Facebook page and usually get about 10,000 views over a weekend. A lot of the donations came from that and my fans, the Barbarellas.

“The Sunday show is geared towards grandparents sitting on their own in the house – that’s where a lot of it has come from.

“Donations also came from the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints and neighbourhoods in Polmont and Redding.

“I spoke to the food bank and they said they really need mattresses because a lot of children don’t have beds.

“A lot of people are struggling right now. I’ve not worked for a year so I’ve tried to help out in the community. We’ve had a good year of bringing people together.”

Jim Couper, Falkirk Foodbank centre manager, said: “We’re very grateful for any donations.

“It’s fantastic Barbara and Kirsty have thought about children who maybe won’t have Easter eggs.

“The money can go towards our work. We’re very keen to support local schools with jumpers and jackets and young children with beds.

“We also work with people getting a home for the first time. We give them microwaves and washing machines and help people struggling with food and electricity.”

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