STAFF at the Bank of Scotland branch in Barrhead have made a deposit that will give struggling families a welcome boost.

As part of their efforts to support the local community, employees set up their own foodbank.

A table was put in place at the Main Street branch to encourage customers to donate food for those who are finding it difficult to make ends meet.

Workers also staged a fun day and made cash donations to show their support for East Renfrewshire Foodbank.

Jackie Campagna, who works at the branch and helped organise the event, told the Barrhead News: “One of Bank of Scotland’s values as a company is to help communities prosper.

“Organising our own foodbank was one of the ideas that came from one of our brain-storming sessions. One of my colleagues knows someone who works at East Renfrewshire Foodbank and she also volunteers there.

“She was telling us about what the foodbank is in desperate need of and how worthwhile it is.

“Throughout the week, we had a donation table and a trolley for customers to put in whatever they were happy to donate and, on the Wednesday, all the staff had a dress down day and donated money. We also had a fun day with games.

“We are planning to take all of the food donations to East Renfrewshire Foodbank this Friday because we’re still getting customers coming in with donations.

“We’ll still be taking cash donations until Friday too.”

Staff at the Barrhead branch aim to continue their fundraising initiatives in the months ahead, with a number of events in the pipeline.

Jackie said: “We are hoping to hold a Macmillan coffee morning. We did that last year and are planning to do it again.

“Our Bank of Scotland charity of the year is UK Mental Health, so we will be having a Walk the Talk event and we’re discussing routes that we can do, as well as getting sponsorship to raise money for the charity.

“We’ve got a lot events in the pipeline.”

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