Grangemouth charity donates car to elderly resident

The NU2U charity has donated lots of food and even large items of furniture to those in need over the years but now they have surpassed themselves by giving a gift of a car to a man who really needed it.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 4:30 pm

The Grangemouth-based organisation had been given the car by a woman who no longer required a second vehicle during the lockdown and wanted it to go to someone who really needed it.

NU2U’s Lori Duigan said: “We’ve been doing the food and the furniture for some time. A woman came to us because she had someone who was wanting a fridge and freezer.

“She said she wanted to give us her second car and wanted it to go to someone who could really use it and afford to run it.”

The Fankerton resident receives his car from NU2U and plans to repay the kindness by helping the charity with its vital food deliveries

The team at NU2U already had someone in mind, a man in his late sixties without transport who lives in a quite remote area of Fankerton.

"He had lost his mobility car and sadly his daughter died a year to the day,” said Lori. “We took that as a sign and gave him the car – road taxed for a month, with an MOT for a year.”

Not only has the man being using the car to get around to shops and other places, he has also offered to repay NU2U’s kind donation by using his new found mobility to help them deliver vital food parcels to those in need.

"That’s definitely the first car we’ve given away, but it won’t be the last,” said Lori. “When we manage to get a new van for our deliveries we are going to give the old one away to someone who needs it.”

When they are not giving away cars, NU2U is delivering food and other vital items to people in the community and rely on generous donations – not always a car – to allow them to keep up the good work.

Recent generosity from local tattooist Studio IX and the Rotary Club of Grangemouth have helped a lot as has Fare Share Edinburgh giving NU2U a three month free extension on its membership so it receives food which goes straight into emergency parcels for those in need.

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