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A Special Thank You

We put our a request on social media for nominations of local people or groups who have gone ‘above and beyond’ during these difficult times and these are some of those we received. Photos below the article.

John Flannigan nominated The Urban Fox Programme for their support of many groups across the east end. Although their budget is limited, they have gone above and beyond by delivering activity packs and lunches to thousands of young people as well delivering lunch platters and afternoon teas to the elderly.


Catherine Gribbon nominated her friend Pauline Geoghegan. Pauline is a nurse in the QEUH, working in respiratory with Covid-19 positive patients, putting herself and her two daughters on the line doing her job she loves by helping people. She’s a great friend to many and is always there for everybody.


Debbie Simpson nominated Lorna Ward from Broomhouse. Lorna works in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in wards with elderly people who haven’t been allowed visitors They were missing out on the treats normally brought in, so Lorna put out a call on social media for help and the local community rallied round and inundated her with donations to start a ‘tuck trolley’. It is taken round the elderly patients each day for them to choose something to enjoy with their evening cuppa during these tough times. Shout out to all those who have donated too!


John McLachlan nominated his wife, Donna McLachlan. Donna is a registered childminder and Baillieston’s answer to Mary Poppins! She has worked through the pandemic looking after children of local frontline and keyworkers, although she’s found it hard not being able to see her own grown-up children.


We received a few nominations for Brighter Baillieston Food Aid - a brand new group that was started to help residents during the pandemic by delivering food parcels to elderly and vulnerable people in the community.


Susan Wilson, Community Champion at Tesco Parkhead would like to thank the many amazing organisations who have helped them support their elderly customers and people in need with emergency food parcels, hot food and care and activity packages during the last few months. Special thanks to The Urban Fox Programme, F.A.R.E., Peek Project and Rogart SAS as well as Glasgow Caring City who donated thousands of bars of soap.


Luzier Jeffrey, Community Champion at Tesco Shettleston has nominated Jackie, Beth and the team at Flat Pack Foods who have been delivering food to vulnerable people and people in need. She also nominated, Glasgow Golden Generation at the Mattie Carwood Centre in Budhill. Due to the pandemic, the groups had to stop but the manager, Natalie and staff didn’t want the users to go without. Instead they arranged for packs to be delivered to their users with everything from a newspaper to a bingo card for their free bingo game!


We received a few nominations for local girl Lauryn Muir and her mum Sandra who have worked tirelessly since the beginning of lockdown helping the elderly and vulnerable in the community who have been unable to leave their homes. To date, they have made over 4000 homemade meals, delivered every Thursday and Sunday by dad, Ronnie, despite dealing with his own illness.


Kim Menzies nominated Shettleston Juniors and the Kids Academy. They deliver five days per week to over 150 pensioners ensuring they have a meal for every day with over 10,000 meals provided to date. They have also delivered food supplies to local care homes and hospitals and even used club funds to purchase PPE for local nurses who were working without. The club have relied on donations from parents of the football team and some kind hearted local businesses who have stepped in to support them. They would like to thank Frank Cross Butchers, Network Cars, the Emmie Smillie Foundation, AS Scaffolding, Morrisons Baillieston, Tesco Shettleston, Glasgow Life, Fareshare and Glasgow Boys & Girls FC.


Elaine Clydesdale nominated Isabel Seth and her staff from Bizzi Izzi’s at The View for all their hard work delivering homemade food to elderly people and people in need of that little bit of extra help at the start of lockdown. Isabel, in turn, would like to thank Dylan Stevenson who donated the £100 he had saved up to spend on a trip to Ireland that was cancelled. This allowed them to help even more people.


Mary from Drumpellier Lawns would like to thank all the frontline workers from the estate, in particular, Aileen and Laura.


We at Hoolit would like to thank all the essential shop and supermarket workers, local convenience stores, butchers (special thanks to Londis and Chapmans, who were nominated by a few people), pharmacists, post office workers, bank staff, delivery drivers, public transport staff and of course all NHS staff, healthcare workers, carers, volunteers and to everyone who is helping friends or family in any way. Thank you!

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