Fife Housing Group donates £5000 to support local charities over Christmas

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Fife Housing Group has donated a further £5000 to charities providing assistance to the people most in need in their local communities.

As well as topping up donations to Kirkcaldy Foodbank, Levenmouth Foodbank and Dunfermline Foodbank at the start of the pandemic, the group has dug deep again for Dunfermline Children’s Clothing Bank, Fife Gingerbread and the Cottage Family Centre, taking the total sum donated this year to £9000.

Nicki Donaldson, chief executive, said: “With the impact of Coronavirus continuing to reverberate around the world, a growing number of families throughout Fife are struggling to make ends meet and are being forced to turn to foodbanks and other charities for essential, everyday items.

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“Having already donated £4000 to local foodbanks at the start of the pandemic, we are acutely aware of the fantastic work they do supporting our tenants and others within their community and wanted to do our bit to try and ensure that no-one in our local area has to go without over the festive period.

Items at Kirkcaldy Foodbank. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.Items at Kirkcaldy Foodbank. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.
Items at Kirkcaldy Foodbank. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

“As we were unable to run our ‘give a kid a coat’ campaign in its usual form this year, we also wanted to provide some assistance to other local charities who support the families of some of the 1500 children who this initiative has helped to keep warm during previous winters.”

Joyce Leggate, chairman of Kirkcaldy Foodbank said: “We are so grateful for the support we have received from Fife Housing Group during the pandemic.

"We have experienced an increase in demand for help over the past few months and that has resulted in increased costs to purchase food. Without the generous support of local businesses and individuals, we would not be able to meet this demand and for that, we continue to be very grateful.”

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Ruth Livingston, project manager at Levenmouth Foodbank, illustrates the size of the challenge foodbanks are facing.

“In the last year, we have fulfilled 1,873 requests for people in crisis in our community,” she said.

“We are so thankful for the support that Fife Housing Group has given us, allowing us to continue our work with people experiencing crisis in the Levenmouth area."

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