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Hard-working volunteers 'gutted' at vandal attack on Brora Food Share shed


By Ali Morrison

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A Brora volunteer who runs the village’s food share shed says she is gutted at vandal attacks on the facility which resulted in hundreds of pounds worth of food being ruined.

Yvonne Brown and her daughter Poppy Watson have been named as community champions in a Highland News and Media initiative for their work in keeping people fed during the pandemic.

Yvonne Brown and daughter Poppy Watson from the Brora food shed.
Yvonne Brown and daughter Poppy Watson from the Brora food shed.

Mother and daughter were described as the “driving force” behind a team delivering food parcels and distributing cooked meals ready for reheating, all using food from the food share deliveries.

And they along with other volunteers, were heartbroken to discover that vandals had earlier this week broken into a freezer full of food in one of their sheds and sabotaged the contents.

In addition herbs that had only just been planted had been dug up.

Ms Brown said: “It is heartbreaking. We are volunteers all trying so hard to help others and would give anyone anything if they were in need. You just have to ask. We are totally gutted.”

It is not the first incident of its kind at the larder and police have been informed.

Now two local residents have set up Justgiving appeal to raise £500 to help the hub purchase CCTV and replace the items that have been sabotaged.

And already it has exceeded its target, standing at £1703.

And Food Share volunteers have been heartened at the messages of support left by donors.

Danny and Eileen Parkin posted: “Don’t let the mindset of some idiot get you down. We are all so grateful for everything you do.”

And Joan MacDonald wrote: “Happy to help the hard-working Hub team to continue with their unstinting efforts to provide local residents with food and other help while the lockdown prevails.”

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