A north-east homeless charity has hailed the “enormous” support offered by people in the region as it battles to support those in need.
Since the lockdown, more than 40 businesses and almost 600 people have contributed to Aberdeen Cyrenians, as well as their charity partners Aberdeen Foyer, Cfine, and Social Bite.
This has meant nearly 700 households have benefited from support in the last four weeks, with 4,487 care parcels delivered by volunteers.
Community services leader at Aberdeen Cyrenians, Lynda Reid-Fowler, said: “For vulnerable people in this city – people in hunger, in danger, without a home and in dire need – this pandemic is life-threatening.
“It has never been more important to get help to the people that need it and, with the amazing support we have had from the community, we’ve been able to continue and expand what we offer.
“Our support is quite literally a lifeline, both physically and mentally, for some people.
“We believe no-one should be left homeless, isolated, in danger and despair, and when people are in crisis, we’re here to make sure they don’t have to go through it alone.”
Aberdeen Cyrenians has also been awarded grants to help with running costs, receiving £5,000 each from Crisis and the Foundation Scotland Community Response Fund.
Businesses from across the region have donated food, PPE, hand sanitiser and money to the charity, making sure essential supplies keep being delivered to those in need.
Mrs Reid-Fowler added: “We’re so grateful to all our supporters for keeping us going and helping to make such a difference to people in crisis.”