Stirling foodbank issues festive appeal to ensure no one goes hungry at Christmas

By Kaiya Marjoribanks

Stirling’s main foodbank charity is gearing up to ensure no one goes without a Christmas dinner this year.

Start Up Stirling has launched its 2021 Christmas appeal with the heartfelt message ‘Nobody Forgotten This Christmas’.

The charity supports people all year round, but knows that the festive season can often seem the most difficult for many, with additional pressures.

Start Up Stirling communities and fundraising manager Julie Christie said: “This Christmas, we are reflecting upon the fact that no matter how busy we have been at Start Up Stirling, nobody who needed our Crisis Food Service was forgotten.

“Everyone received food when they needed it most, often during one of the worst times in their lives.

“Our focus for this year’s appeal is ‘Nobody Forgotten This Christmas’ as we want to ensure that everyone receives a Christmas dinner and food over the festive period. We want to let the people and the families that will be using our services know this Christmas that we, and people living in our communities throughout Stirling, care about them - not just at Christmas, but throughout 2022.

One family who was supported last Christmas said: “The extra help provided from the foodbank made life at Christmas so much easier and less stressful. Without the help provided to us Christmas would have been a struggle.”

Some of the things support could make a difference with include: a £5 monthly donation could buy gifts for young people living in temporary accommodation this Christmas or £10 could provide someone living in crisis with a fresh three course Christmas meal and some festive food.

Julie added: “People can help by taking part in our Secret Santa or Reverse Advent Calendar, either individually or with family, friends or colleagues to collect the staple foods and toiletries that are needed.

“Food can also be donated via our donation stations. A festive shopping list is available to detail the items that we need the most this winter. Providing a monthly gift via our website or standing order can help us to maintain all of our services.

“Donations can also be made via our website or call the office on 01786 561027.

“We are very fortunate that we are being supported by Thistle Centre staff again this year and the Tolbooth. The Thistle Centre will have their popular ‘Giving Trees’ Appeal in the Kings Mall, where visitors to the centre can choose a gift tag from the tree with their preferred item on it, purchase the gift and return it to the information desk. People can also leave a donation in their donation station, or tap to donate to leave a financial gift by card.

Start Up Stirling has launched its 2021 Christmas Appeal with the heartfelt message ‘Nobody Forgotten This Christmas’. (START UP STIRLING)

“Tolbooth Studios have produced an EP entitled ‘Resurgence’ of six new recordings from six musicians working together collaboratively for the first time, all with varying musical styles. The title of the EP reflects upon revival after Covid and the music aims to capture the feeling of movement towards hope.”

The EP is available to download digitally, from platforms such as Spotify and Apple, priced £4.99, with a donation from each sale being made to Start Up Stirling.”

More information can also be found by emailing: mail@startupstirling.org.uk or visiting https://startupstirling.org.uk/donate/appeal


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