Airdrie foodbank got a rather unexpected delivery as actor Hugh Grant made a ‘generous donation’ yesterday.
Volunteers at the struggling foodbank were left speechless when an Asda delivery van arrived at Airdrie Baptist Church yesterday, packed with food and toiletries which had been purchased by the 57-year-old Love Actually star.
Volunteer Linda Murray told Glasgow Live “We were completely gobsmacked. We wouldn’t have thought Hugh Grant would even think about a place like Airdrie!
“There were a good few pallets full, but sadly we need more – referrals for our foodbank have shot up by 100% over the last 12 months.
“We have more people coming to this foodbank than some of the ones in central Glasgow that get more donations.”
Linda tells how thousands of desperate Glaswegians are forced to come for parcels and hot meals to feed their families – with many queueing outside the church for soup before it opens.
She added: “Some of these people don’t even have gas or electricity for a tea or a coffee.
“There are ups and downs. It’s heartbreaking, meeting grown men who cannot feed their families. Some tell us they are so humiliated to be here.
“But many tell us they are so grateful – they even get their kids to make ‘Thank You’ cards too.
“We just want to make another appeal and say ‘Every donation is welcome.'”
Hugh Grant has been helping raise awareness of the Foodbank Challenge, started by Scottish blogger Alex from Life of A Universal Credit Sufferer.
Find out more about the campaign and how to help on his Facebook page.