Family-owned housebuilder boosts Sikh community food bank
Caring family-owned housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel have handed £500 to the ‘The Sikh Food Bank’, a new Sikhs in Scotland project created to help people left most vulnerable by the coronavirus pandemic.
Glasgow-based Mactaggart & Mickel rallied behind The Sikh Food Bank as media reports suggested supermarket panic-buyers had left food banks in danger of being denied essential everyday items.
And because that meant some families might have to go without the likes of rice, tinned food and toilet roll, Mactaggart & Mickel donated £500 from their Building Communities Fund to The Sikh Food Bank charity which is helping people from any community or background across Scotland.
The donation will help the volunteer-led Sikh Food Bank, launched last Saturday, respond to the growing needs of elderly people and struggling families.
As well as the delivery of food parcels to people in self-isolation and those struggling to make ends meet, the charity has set up a welfare support line to help people on a range of issues including childcare support, employment rights and health advice.
Joanne Casey, Director at Mactaggart & Mickel, said: “The coronavirus pandemic is having a profound impact on people throughout our communities right across Scotland and we’re facing unprecedented challenges.
“But the crisis has also brought out the best in people who are determined to unite with the most vulnerable and that’s especially the case with The Sikh Food Bank volunteers who clearly have hearts of gold.
“Like Mactaggart & Mickel, they care passionately about people from all walks of life across Scottish communities and that’s why we had no hesitation but to respond to their request for help with a donation, confident every penny will help.”
The donation was warmly welcomed by Mr Charandeep Singh who is spearheading the team of volunteers at The Sikh Food Bank.
Mr Singh, who is also Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “On behalf of The Sikh Food Bank, I would like to thank the wonderful people at Mactaggart & Mickel for their very generous donation.
“We are seeing first-hand how the coronavirus pandemic is hitting local communities, particularly the elderly and vulnerable. That’s why we have mobilised quickly to deliver food parcels and essential items to those most in need. This donation will help us to reach more families and individuals who need vital support in this urgent time of need.”
Mactaggart & Mickel, whose headquarters are at Atlantic Quay, have also given the Mearns Kirk Church, South Ayrshire and Denny Baptist Church food banks a helping hand worth a total of £1,500 to boost their efforts to support families struggling to cope as the coronavirus pandemic took a grip of Scotland.
Mactaggart & Mickel have a long history of supporting good causes. Their Building Communities Fund was established to enhance the company’s ongoing efforts to help organisations and projects which benefit the people’s lives.