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Christmas came early for Campbeltown charity Shopper-Aide with the delivery of a new vehicle on December 18.
The Peugeot 308SW was funded by West Kintyre Community Fund (WKCF) and came with one year’s paid road tax, courtesy of Campbeltown Motor Company, which sold the car at a competitive price.
Shopper-Aide provides support and services, including shopping, housekeeping and, under normal circumstances, by organising numerous social activities, for those in Kintyre aged over 60. From March 23 2020, at the start of the initial lockdown, until December 31 2020, the charity delivered 3,940 grocery orders to older people in Kintyre.
Joan Stewart, the charity’s project manager, told the Courier the new car will allow staff and volunteers to carry a wheelchair and walking aide in the boot to assist them when taking clients to and from various appointments and clubs when they resume after the pandemic.
‘Without the support of organisations like WKCF and Campbeltown Motor Company, we could not help the older people of Kintyre and Gigha the way we do,’ Joan added. ‘Their ongoing support is overwhelming.’
The new car will join Shopper-Aide’s fleet of vehicles, all of which have names – Cherryaide, Sapphire, Snowball and Blueberry, which is due to be sold soon. Margaret Pratt, convener of WKCF, asked that this car be called Westie.
Margaret said: ‘The WKCF trustees are very pleased to be able to present Shopper-Aide with the new car to support the excellent work the charity and its dedicated band of staff and volunteers undertake on behalf of the community of West Kintyre and the wider Kintyre area.
‘The community of West Kintyre and, I am sure, the wider area are more than grateful to Shopper-Aide for the amazing expansion of its service to include so many more members of the community during these recent difficult months of the pandemic.
‘The charity has helped include many of those who may have felt isolated or concerned as to how they would cope with the fast-changing situation they found themselves in, for which we are more than grateful.’
The WKCF was set up four four years ago to administer the community benefit funds received from Freasdail Windfarm near Whitehouse. The fund operates under different criteria to that of the West Kintyre Windfarm Trust in that it was set up to specifically help develop, support and encourage the long-term sustainability of the community and its residents in three main areas:
- Further education bursaries to anyone under the age of 50 residing in the West Kintyre Community Council area who wishes to undertake a further education course, approved apprentiship or first degree;
- Start-up grants to new entrepreneurial businesses commencing operations within the West Kintyre Community Council area; and
- Assisting the further development of current or new projects or groups within the area and the wider community by the offer of larger grants to help with the longer term sustainability of these groups or projects via funding that, in the opinion of the trustees, will either enhance or develop services to the residents of Kintyre.