FRANKIE Boyle has donated £2000 to Maryhill Food Bank, Glasgow after friend and fellow funny man Kevin Bridges stunned staff by donating £1000 of food vouchers at the end of July just after the Scottish Government had given it £40,000.
Maryhill Food Bank’s founder Julie Webster said, “We were kept going by the £1000 from Kevin for about six weeks, and now we’re just about to start tapping into Frankie’s £2000,” Julie, 38, said.
The food bank caters for around 70 families and more than 200 people each week and has been buoyed by the donation of a van from Fleet Alliance managing director Martin Brown.
Fleet Alliance gave a van full of toys at Christmas, then £500 of food vouchers a few months ago and the new Citroen Berlingo van, which has been donated with three years insurance and a full MOT. Decorated with a Frankie Boyle-inspired wrap, it will help with deliveries to elderly people in the north of Glasgow.
“The only thing we’ve really been struggling with is transport, it’s been costing us an arm and a leg,” added Julie. “This will save us thousands and let us deliver food to families who can’t get out and elderly people.
“I think Martin and his dad were Maryhill boys and it’s great to see people not forgetting their roots.”
The van will allow the food bank to cover almost the entire north of Glasgow, incorporating Springburn, Milton and Royston.
When the Scottish Government announced funding for food banks across the country, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon chose Maryhill as the location to announce the plans.