Kind-hearted church volunteers in and around Aberdeen have been hailed as “unsung heroes” for their efforts to help feed those in need during the pandemic.
Nearly three months since the region went into lockdown, seven congregational churches are continuing to deliver free meals to hundreds of youngsters.
Helpers from the churches in Northfield, Kittybrewster, Woodside, Cove, Danestone, Potterton and Balmedie have been delivering meals to children in their neighbourhoods with the support of north-east charity Cash For Kids.
Among those benefitting are children who would have received meals at a variety of evening youth groups, including craft clubs, film clubs, Lego clubs and Boys Brigade, all of which have been cancelled until further notice because of coronavirus.
Coordinating the effort has been Andy Cowie, senior minister of the group of churches, alongside fellow ministers Anne Robertson and Nicola Watson.
The congregations’ sterling work during lockdown means they have delivered 5,500 meals to local children so far this year.
And as well as delivering food, the dedicated volunteers are keeping in touch with 400 families in the city and its outskirts, by phone and online.
Mr Cowie said they had helped some of the region’s most vulnerable residents, including single parents, the unemployed, and those who have been furloughed.
He added: “It has been humbling during this pandemic to experience the coming together of various agencies and people to help and support our communities.
“But our team of volunteers really need a special thank you.
“Like all volunteers, they give the most precious thing they have, their time, and they give it freely to their community.
“In some ways, they have put their own lives at risk to help and support others.
“They are all unsung heroes in this pandemic and they all deserve our appreciation.”