Springfield staff have an early spring clean for charity

17 April 2019
West Lothian Foodbank worker  Sharon Paterson and Springfield Properties Press and Events Co ordinator  Dale Ashelford

Staff at housebuilders Springfield Properties have donated clothes, children’s toys, books and DVDs to West Lothian Foodbank Charity Shop.  

West Lothian Foodbank opened in 2012 in Whitburn, where Springfield are currently building 85 affordable homes, and has gone from strength to strength. With 10 distribution centres, two warehouses and over 150 volunteers, the charity supports hundreds of people across West Lothian every day. 

To help cover the day to day cost of running the charity, such as van hire, West Lothian Foodbank opened a charity shop in Whitburn. This proved to be a great success and, in March, West Lothian Foodbank relocated to a larger shop along West Main Street, just around the corner from their old store.  

To support the local community, staff donated over 15 bags and boxes overflowing with books, computer games, wall art, children’s toys and clothes to charity.

Dale Ashelford from Springfield Properties helps to organise office fundraisers. She said:

“At Springfield, we are always on the lookout for opportunities to support the local community in areas where we are building homes. We started construction at our Whitburn development last summer and shortly after Springfield staff donated around 200 food items to the West Lothian Foodbank – that’s when we learned about the charity shop. 

“We had such a great response from Springfield staff to our latest appeal with boxes of donations brought into the office daily. West Lothian Foodbank helps thousands of people in the area, with the charity shop supporting its day to day running. We’re really pleased to be able to donate to the charity shop and support the great work done, every day, by the foodbank.”

Sharon Alexander, has volunteered at West Lothian Foodbank Charity Shop for over three years. She said:

“The charity shop opened six years ago to help finance the West Lothian Foodbank. Last year, the shop provided a third of the running costs for the foodbank and we were getting so many donations, we needed to move to a bigger shop. 

“We’re really excited about the new store. We had our official opening at the start of March and we are in a key location along Whitburn Main Street which we hope will increase awareness of the charity. 

“The percentage of people relying on foodbanks is increasing every year. All of the food is donated to people living in our local communities – this wouldn’t be possible without donations like the one from Springfield.”

For more information visit www.westlothian.foodbank.org.uk