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Best year yet for Cruden’s festive food bank appeal as 7 tonnes of food items donated for people in need this winter

With Christmas fast approaching, staff, contacts and friends of the Cruden Group have come together to gather much-needed donations for local communities in Scotland. For the fourth year, the award-winning housebuilder has been encouraging those across its central belt operations to spread some joy by gifting food items and cash donations for those who need a little extra help this festive period.

In partnership with UK charity, The Trussell Trust, a total of 8,000 food and household items were collected and distributed to six food banks across Airdrie, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Gorebridge and Glasgow last week.

Cruden’s winter appeal has also raised a fantastic cash donation of almost £11,000 for The Trussell Trust, which will be used to purchase more day-to-day necessities for vulnerable people. £5000 of the total amount raised has been donated by Cruden’s linked charitable trust, The Cruden Foundation.

Colin Kennedy, Construction Director of Cruden, said: “Bringing our team together to support local people has once again brought a heartwarming end to the year. We’re proud to be working with The Trussell Trust for the fourth consecutive year to give back to our communities.

“Despite challenging conditions for everyone, our food bank appeal has received an overwhelmingly generous level of support and we’re extremely grateful to everyone who has shown their kindness and donated. The solidarity of our staff and valued contacts, and their dedication to helping others, never ceases to amaze me. We’ve achieved our best results yet and I hope our donations help bring a smile to many local faces this year .”

Emma Revie, Chief Executive at the Trussell Trust said: “Thank you to the team at Cruden Group for their incredible support. This winter is expected to be the toughest yet, with food banks in our network distributing more than 1 million parcels between December and February which equates to one every eight seconds. Food bank teams are working tirelessly to ensure help continues to be available, but ultimately, no-one in the UK should need to turn to a food bank as all of us should have enough money for the essentials.

“The support of Cruden Group will help food banks within our network continue to provide emergency support, while we work together in the long term to build a country without the need for food banks. Thank you so much.”

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