SFRS staff unite to help deliver festive meals to Armed Forces veterans

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service staff have helped to deliver Christmas dinner to Armed Forces veterans across Lanarkshire.

Staff from the SFRS Community Action Teams in both North and South Lanarkshire teamed up with local charity Veterans Community Lanarkshire (VCL) to drop off 148 meals with veterans and their families.

Volunteers from VCL provide meals to veterans as part of their charity cafe each year.

This year, with COVID-19 restrictions making social gatherings challenging, the charity called upon the SFRS to assist with bringing Christmas to the veterans.

Watch Commander Mark Tweed  (South) and Watch Commander Richard McInnes (North) both Local Area Liaison Officer helped organise the socially distanced drop-offs.

He said: "This has been a challenging period for all of us, but particularly for charities and those who rely upon their services.

"We have previously worked with VLC during the pandemic to help deliver their work and were delighted to help again.

"Our community action crews across Scotland have worked to help their communities any way they and during these trying times and will continue to do so."

As well as Christmas dinners, families also received juice, mince pies, chocolates and presents for any children in the house.

Scott Muir, from VLC, said: “Every year we put on a Christmas dinner for our veterans that attend our Friday cafe but unfortunately this hasn’t been possible this year.

"We have also been supporting many more veterans from other services this year that have needed extra support due to the pandemic - and we knew we would struggle to deliver to everyone.

"So, it is fantastic that we have been able to call on the help of SFRS to help get food and presents out to 84 different addresses across Lanarkshire. Without their help we couldn’t have managed to get to everyone."

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