KIND-HEARTED residents and staff at an East Renfrewshire care home have handed over a pile of goodies to a foodbank which provides a lifeline service.

The donation from Newton House Care Home, in Newton Mearns, was organised by staff and residents as part of their community outreach programme.

East Renfrewshire Larder helps feed hundreds of families and individuals across the local area, providing breakfast, lunch and dinner packs, as well as household goods to those in need.

Rachel Egglestone and Jennifer Lawrie, who co-founded the foodbank during the Covid-19 pandemic, said the care home donation will be put to good use.

“We’re grateful for the huge amount of thought that has gone into collecting this food,” added Rachel. “The pandemic has left very many families and individuals in crisis. Many people are feeling particularly alone and vulnerable.”

David Holbrook, regional community relations lead at Newton House, said the food hamper project inspired everyone at the home, including many of the residents’ families.

“We’re very happy to be involved with this project and to build a good relationship with the East Renfrewshire Larder,” he added.

“Many people are struggling and Covid-19 has certainly made things a lot harder.

“The foodbank does a very meaningful job, not only providing food but general household items as well.

“The volunteers do a remarkable job giving up their time to help others.”

Care home manager Pauline Hunter said: “We are very proud of all the work we do at Newton to help our community. Hopefully our donation will make a little difference to some people.

“We are delighted we can help our neighbours in this way.”

East Renfrewshire Larder is always happy to receive donations. For more information, check out their Facebook page.