Bonnie Scotland

November 19, 2018 Charity Initiatives and Events

Clydebank may have the smallest number of people to call upon, but that has never stopped them pulling together to raise funds to help people both locally and across the world.

“There are only a few of us but we are proud to support many local charities as well as people in need abroad,” says Night Shift Manager, Margaret Sloss, who has been a keen fund-raiser in her 40 years with the business.

“We took part in the Samaritans’ Purse Shoebox Appeal for two years, filling up boxes with age appropriate items for children in war-torn and impoverished countries,” she adds.

“We also supported African Water Relief and Donkeys for Africa.” Local charities that have benefited include St Margaret Hospice Clydebank, Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme and Clydebank Women’s Aid. Christmas efforts have often focused on a raffle of two giant hampers, raising up to £350 each year.

A group Christmas card, made by Shift Manager, Louise Sinclair, and signed by everyone for a £1 donation, has boosted funds over several years and a festive dip, where colleagues donated prizes, was also a big success. The sale of home baked

Scottish treat ‘tablets’ by Night Shift Ops Expert, Teresa Findlay, has also been a regular hit. Louise recalls one memorable fund-raising moment with former Head of Site, John Barrett.

“He did a sponsored shave, which was a very big deal as his beard was as old as some of the staff!”

Meanwhile, Tweed people’s mammoth efforts have benefited so many charities that they struggle to remember them all.

They do know a generous payout of more than £4,700 has helped people across Scotland.

Grateful recipients include Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland, Downs Syndrome Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland and Glasgow Children’s Holiday Scheme.

“All the charities, nominated by colleagues, were close to our hearts,” says Team Manager, Karen Findlay.

“We have always enjoyed organising and taking part in activities, from coffee mornings, bingo, raffles and tombola to selling football cards.

“A ready supply of delicious home baked cakes has made our coffee mornings very popular and and we have always been open to new ideas.

“One year we donated all our Christmas selection boxes to a local radio station campaign for underprivileged children.

“People have always been willing to offer their support to good causes. We can all feel proud of what we have achieved.”

The two sites’ manager, John Stewart, is in awe of his teams’ achievements.

“Generous people across both sites have worked hard to raise money for a wide variety of good causes and should feel very proud of all their efforts over the years,” he praises.