MSP praises Campbeltown’s Shopper-Aide

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Labour’s Highlands and Islands Regional MSP, Rhoda Grant, was full of admiration when she visited Campbeltown’s Shopper-Aide.

During a whistle stop Kintyre tour last week Ms Grant met the charity’s staff at its Longrow headquarters.

Ms Grant said: ‘Shopper-Aide is a massive asset to the Kintyre area.

‘It started as a shopping service for the elderly but has quickly expanded and offers housekeeping services, delivery of prescriptions and has set up clubs such as the Elderberries.

‘I would encourage anyone over 60 to utilise this service as it really is, a wonderful organisation and I am delighted to support it in any way that I can.

‘Shopper-Aide is currently applying for Big Lottery Funding, which if successful will allow the charity to continue to provide its valuable services.’

During her visit Ms Grant also called on lifelong Labour man, octogenarian George McMillan MBE at Keith’s newsagents.

Ms Grant said: ‘In just half-an-hour George will tell you everything important

‘Public service runs through his veins. He knows exactly what is going on and is most concerned about Visit Scotland closing the iCentre, the sale of the Red Cross hall and the loss of the Guide hall.’

Ms Grant lodged a motion at the Scottish parliament recognising Shopper-Aide’s work.

The motion states: ‘That the Parliament acknowledges the efforts of all volunteers and staff involved in the Campbeltown-based charity, Shopper-Aide.

‘Understands that the charity provides valuable community resources designed to support older people to live independently at home.

‘Notes that, among the services provided, it shops for the older persons weekly needs, supports them with their domestic household chores and, at the same time, addresses the problem of growing isolation that comes from weakening health.

‘Understands that the charity also provides social events for the older person in the area, allowing them to meet and socialise with others.

‘Commends the endeavour and enthusiasm of all involved in this charity, and wishes it continued success going forward.’

At Shopper-Aide were from left: Rhods Grant’s assistant Gemma Corbett, MSP Rhoda Grant, Susan Paterson and Joan Stewart. NO_c30rhodagrant01_shopper_aide