Over 60s’ service receives Lottery funding

Shopper-Aide clients and volunteers enjoy afternoon tea in Carradale on a recent outing.

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A Campbeltown-based service will be able to continue its good work thanks to support from the National Lottery and continued generosity of the Kintyre community.

Since 2011 Shopper-Aide has been providing services and support to over 60s across the area.

This latest award has provided a much-needed lifeline following a dearth of fundraising activity due to the Covid crisis.

Shopper-Aide project manager Joan Stewart said: ‘This last 16 months has been hard for everyone and we are pleased that we have managed to help so many people in Kintyre and are thankful for the support we received from so many places, people and organisations.

‘Lockdown meant that we have been unable to bring in an income from so many of our services and fund-raising activities and although we are beginning to restart some of them, without the support from funders like the National Lottery and others we would not have been able to support so many people.’

Joan and the service volunteers were recently told by one client: ‘You have no idea how much pleasure this has given me’, following a nice afternoon out in one of the service ‘bubbles’.

National Lottery Community Fund, Scotland chair Kate Still said: ‘In these unprecedented times, it’s heartening to see the way Scottish communities are coming together to provide each other with support.

‘I would like to congratulate Shopper-Aide Ltd on its award which is testament to the incredible efforts of its staff and volunteers.

‘National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference.’

Shopper-Aide will continue to provide and develop its services for older people in Kintyre and have restarted Garry’s Gang and housekeeping.

It has also been working with bubbles which means it can take clients out for a run in a car to visit places they have missed, meet their friends and enjoy a cuppa.

Fundraising activities should resume in the coming months.