Stranraer couple’s praise for work of shopping team

A Stranraer couple have hailed volunteer shoppers for ensuring older people don’t go without vital supplies during the pandemic.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 1:37 pm
Food Train volunteer Alan McLachlan making a delivery to Robert and Maureen Clark of Stranraer

Food Train has dealt with unprecedented demand in the past 12 months as more over-65s than ever have turned to the charity for support.

Volunteers - including those from the Stranraer and Newton Stewart branches - have been thanked for all that they have done.

Among those who have used the charity’s shopping services are Robert and Maureen Clark.

The couple, who are both in their 80s, previously did their own shopping, but have turned to Food Train when infection rates have been high.

Mr Clark, who spent 20 years as Dumfries and Galloway Council’s roads manager for the west of the region, said: “It has been when the virus has meant we have felt uneasy about doing our shopping.

“We really do appreciate what the volunteers do. We think they’re quite outstanding.

“The two gentlemen who make our deliveries are charming and pleasant. They always have a short chat and ask how we are. We couldn’t ask for better.”

In the past 12 months, deliveries across the region peaked at 127 per cent higher than pre-pandemic levels.

Volunteers are currently delivering just over 500 orders across the region - where it has in excess of 700 customers - each week.

Mr Clark added: “The volunteers and staff really do provide an essential service that we value hugely and cannot fault.”

Helen McAnespie, Food Train’s regional manager for Dumfries and Galloway, has thanked all those volunteers and supporters who have ensured the charity has been able to meet every request for support.

She said: “We can’t thank the volunteers and the staff of the shopping service enough for all they have done in the past year.

"We couldn’t have helped older people across the region in the way we’ve been able to without our amazing volunteers.”

To find out about how Food Train could help you or someone you know, email [email protected] or call 0800 3047924. To register as a volunteer visit www.thefoodtrain.co.uk.