No let-up in food parcel demand

Hawick’s Salvation Army handed out more than 100 food parcels over the Christmas period – matching last year’s record-breaking effort.

The charity once again ensured that no one went hungry over the festive period and food bank organiser Evelyn Sangster is overwhelmed at the generosity of townsfolk.

Speaking to the Hawick News on Tuesday morning, Mrs Sangster, who recently, along with her husband Gilbert, won the provost’s achievement award for their work in the town, said: “We have handed out a similar amount of parcels to last year. And as well as food we have been able to give many parcels of toys.

“Once again we have been very busy over Christmas and we have handed out well over 100 food parcels.”

Last year’s record-breaking number made headline news but Mrs Sangster says she sees little prospect of a downturn in demand: “It is very difficult for some people. And with the introduction of Universal Credit, which means folk will be given certain benefits once monthly, things will become even harder. Not everyone is capable of budgeting properly and can find themselves in difficulty through no fault of their own.”

The Salvation Army Christmas lunch was well supported with more then 20 townsfolk catered for. Locals were picked up and dropped of at home after lunch by volunteers who also cooked and served the meal.

Mrs Sangster said: “The lunch was very successful and everyone enjoyed themselves and also had a visit from Santa and joined in with the singing. It is difficult for people who are on their own at any time but especially at this time of year.”

And as the New Year approaches, Mrs Sangster has stockpiled food supplies with the emergency services to ensure no one goes hungry.

She added: “None of this would be at all possible without the huge generosity shown by townsfolk. It is always overwhelming and I can’t thank people enough. They really have been and continue to be wonderful.”