Christmas all wrapped up

Food bank appeal
Food bank appeal

An independent shopkeeper has been so moved by the plight of the hungry this Christmas she’s organised her own foodbank drop off point.

Cherie Shah (40) owns the Lifestyle Express at 4 Newdyke Road and Hillhead Stores, 93 Hillhead Road, both seven days a week convenience stores.

Cherie and her husband Sohail decided to do their bit for charity this year by running their first foodbank collection, in conjunction with the Trussel Trust.

Cherie said: ‘‘It is something we have discussed in the past. I also do some work with the Home Start charity and I have seen at first hand how important foodbanks can be for some families.

‘‘People just need to pop into stores and there’s a list on the front door of items they are looking for.’’

And people don’t have to worry about the size of their donation, as everything helps.

Cherie added: ‘‘Whatever it is people can afford, they don’t need to buy lots. They can buy it in our store, as we stock most of the stuff or it can be something they have bought already.’’

Donations can be made at either of the stores from now until Christmas. They are open seven days a week from 7am to 10pm.

Organisers have opted for a shopping list idea to prevent a deluge of only one food type, while some other basics are lacking, in the hope they can best match the needs of real families in the local area.

Local MSP Fiona McLeod said: ‘‘I congratulate Cherie and Sohail on the work they are doing, it shows a great community spirit and commitment to helping those less well off than yourself.

‘‘I have visited the Kirkintilloch Food bank on a couple of occasions to give a donation and help collect donations at both Sainsbury’s and Tesco – the Shah’s are taking this a step further and making it easier and more accessible for Kirkintilloch residents to help the Trussell Trust in turn help local people.

‘By donating you really will be helping local people, and with Christmas coming up it’s especially important to think of others - those seriously affected by welfare cuts and the children who may otherwise go hungry over the festive period.’