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Wick fire service youth volunteers give donation to Caithness Foodbank

By Gordon Calder

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The Caithness Foodbank has benefited from a donation by the youth volunteers at the Wick branch of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Members of Youth Volunteer Scheme (YVS) were asked by their instructors for suggestions to contribute towards the community in the run up to the Christmas period and they came up with the idea of the foodbank. Instead of bringing in their weekly £1 donation for their tuck-shop, they each brought in food well over the suggested amount. They increased the total with money from their group fund which resulted in much needed supplies being collected and handed over to the foodbank.

Fire service youth volunteers. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Fire service youth volunteers. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

Local Scheme Co-Ordinator Watch Commander, Andrew Mackay, (centre back row) hopes this could be the start of a beneficial friendship between the YVS group and the Caithness Foodbank, providing opportunities for some of the youths to carry out volunteer work at the Thurso and Wick branches.

The food was collected from Wick community fire station on Monday evening by Pat and Grant Ramsay, (front centre), of the Caithness Foodbank.

Mr Ramsay, the chairman of the foodbank, said: "We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the young cadets. It’s so heartening to receive this donation when the young people show empathy to the needs of some very vulnerable people in our community. We hope that they will be able to help us out in the future with the organising of stock which needs to be dated and sorted. It’s a great donation at Christmas time and we sincerely thank them all."

Looking on are some of the youth volunteers with their adult instructors from the fire and rescue service.

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