Shettleston Extra Community Update December 2021

By Luzier Jeffrey, Community Champion

Happy December! November was a whirlwind month with lots going on! We started with our Poppy Appeal. I was delighted to be able to welcome volunteers back into the store including Kim, Carol, and our veteran volunteer Margaret Ann (or as I call her... Oor Mags). Mags first volunteered with us through Poppy Scotland, but as a local Budhill resident, she stayed in touch and now won’t get rid of me!


Margaret (Mags) Ann

Let me tell you a bit about her and her journey. Mags at only 18, joined Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps in April 1990 and served for 12 years mainly in the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot. She was then posted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich before returning to Aldershot where she worked in Frimley Park Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit. During this time Mags was sent to Bosnia for a six-month peace-keeping tour with NATO. Her next post was to Germany for three years serving in the Mental Health Unit, Wegberg before becoming a proud veteran in April 2002. The story of Mags’ journey just takes my breath away and I want to say a huge thank you to all serving and veteran members of the armed forces for their service.


We also had our foodbank collection for Fareshare Glasgow and the West of Scotland. Again a huge thanks to Kim and Carol for donating their time, it really makes a difference. Twenty-one boxes of food have been sent off from our store. Thank you to everyone who donated. This time of year the food banks are inundated which is a really sad reflection of our times.


A very reflective update from Shettleston this month. We look forward to 2022 with new eyes and hopefully even more normality. Follow us on Facebook - Lu’s Community Page.


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