Lifeline Grangemouth project boosted by transport help from company

The kindness of a local firm has provided a community group with the transportation it needs to keep offering a lifeline of food deliveries to families who need them.

By James Trimble
Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 4:40 pm

Kersiebank Community Project (KCP) picked up the keys for their brand new van from H&J Burgoyne this week after the group received an amazing donation of £10,000 from Grangemouth family firm Foundry Steels.

Husband and wife Walter and Carol Morton, directors of the long-established Clyde Street skip hire and scrap metal collector made the donation after Mrs Morton visited KCP late last year to see what the project, based in La Porte Precinct, Grangemouth, was doing to help the community.

Bindi Green, KCP chairperson, said: “She just came in and had a wee look around the project – looking at the toys we collect and our food donations. She went away saying she was going to have a word with her husband and then came back with a donation of £10,000.”

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Kersiebank Community Project volunteer Cameron Green receives the project's new vehicle to help them distribute food to the community from Foundry Steel's manager Alex Dillon

Discussions between the Mortons and the project led them to agree the best use for the money would be to purchase a van.

“We had been hiring one from Burgoynes,” said Bindi. “But we couldn’t go any further hiring a van. After we got the donation Mr and Mrs Morton sourced a van from Burgoynes for us.

“It took a wee while to get it – we had hoped to have it for Christmas with all the Kerisebank decals on it.”

Now the van is secured it will be used initially for food deliveries to families and elderly people.

Bindi said: “It’s vital we wouldn’t have been able to continue our food deliveries to people in Falkirk and Skinflats without it. We were making 155 deliveries a week to people – including the elderly who we call our golden oldies who cannot get out and about or visit KCP in Grangemouth.

"If it wasn’t for this van they would go without. Before COVID-19 we used to deliver furniture, bedding and other items to help people moving into new properties. We will be able to use the van for that in the future.”

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