Fergusson supports food appeal

MSP Alex Fergusson and Store Manager for Stranraer Tesco, Colin McSheffrey.
MSP Alex Fergusson and Store Manager for Stranraer Tesco, Colin McSheffrey.

GALLOWAY and West Dumfries MSP Alex Fergusson has voiced his support for Tesco’s appeal for food that will be distributed to needy families across Scotland in time for Christmas.

Speaking at the Tesco store in Stranraer, Mr Fergusson said: “I have been known to be critical of Tesco in the past, but I cannot fault this wonderful initiative to ensure that thousands of disadvantaged families and individuals have a better Christmas than might otherwise have been the case. For one weekend only, customers are being asked to purchase a little extra on top of their weekly shopping and to donate the surplus to this cause. Tesco’s will add 30 perent to what is raised and provided, and The Trussell Trust and Fareshare will ensure that the food is distributed to the most deserving homes. This is a great initiative and, judging by the response that I witnessed during the short time that I was in the store, it is an initiative that has truly caught the imagination of the customers. I look forward to seeing the outcome of this appeal and congratulate Tesco, and The Trussell Trust and Fareshare on their joint efforts to make this the success that I am sure it will be.”

A similar, ongoing scheme is running in Newton Stewart and the Machars headed up by the area’s churches - just look for the marked blue bins in local supermarkets and drop a can or two of something in it for those in need.