Staff digging deep to bring festive cheer

Employees at Glenrothes-based firm Brand Rex have donated food, clothing and other items. Pic: Steve Brown
Employees at Glenrothes-based firm Brand Rex have donated food, clothing and other items. Pic: Steve Brown

Big hearted employees from a major Glenrothes-based manufacturer clubbed together to help those in need this Christmas.

For the 186 staff based at Brand Rex’s Viewfield factory have donated several hundred pounds worth of food, clothing and toiletries to the town’s YMCA for distribution to homeless individuals during the festive period.

Lisa Fitzpatrick, marketing communications executive at the firm, and one of those who organised staff to make the bulk donation, said the employees felt compelled to make the effort to help in what ever way they could.

“Making a simple donation of items appealed to many fellow employees as it’s the best and most effective way of giving immediate help,” explained Lisa.

And we were already aware of the good work YMCA do all year round to support those less fortunate than ourselves, so it seemed the obvious choice to pass on the collection directly to them,” she added.

The 10-day charity collection certainly proved a popular one with staff as colleagues Stephanie Marshall and Claire Brook confirmed.

“There is a disconnect when dropping money into a box as you are never sure just how that cash is used, but offering a collection of items like this it really gets to those who need the support and quick,” said Stephanie.

And so impressed by their employees willingness to undertake the charity drive, bosses at the firm have since decided to match the amount of the collection, thus helping to bring even more relief for those suffering hardship this winter.

Mary Hill, director of Glenrothes YMCA said they were delighted by the efforts of the staff at Brand Rex.

““We are extremely grateful for this sizeable donation,” Mary told the Gazette.

“For the employees to organise themselves and want to help others at this time of year really must be commended,” she added.