The new chairman of Loaves and Fishes has vowed to carry on the work of stalwarts Denis and Cathie Curran as they hand over the reins.
The dedicated couple, who have been at the heart of running the food bank in East Kilbride for nearly 30 years, recently announced they would step down in what they described as a “heart-wrenching decision”.
Both have struggled with health issues in recent years and feel now is the time to step aside.
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Now, a new committee will steer the lifeline organisation forward in some of the most challenging times it has ever faced with incoming chairman, Dominic Everett, at the helm.
Anti-poverty campaigner, Denis, 78, held the post of chairman for 18 years and was awarded an MBE in 2015 for his tireless work which began with helping feed the homeless in Glasgow.
Dominic, a retired depute head teacher, from East Mains, has paid tribute to the duo’s work and appealed for those who have supported the organisation over the years to continue to do so.
“On behalf of everyone at Loaves and Fishes, we would like to thank Denis and Cathie for their immense work over the last 30 years,” he told Lanarkshire Live.
“They truly are stalwarts within the local community and have spent their lives thinking of and putting others before themselves.
“As the new chairman I am delighted to be carrying the baton and carrying on their vital work. I will do my best to uphold the values of Loaves and Fishes and make sure those in need get all the help and support they deserve.”
But Dominic, 51, wants to make sure the amazing support given through Denis and Cathie’s hard work continues.
“I want to reaffirm to the community that despite Denis and Cathie being at the forefront for so many years, rest assured the support is still here,” he went on.
“Local businesses, churches and schools and individuals who donated, we still need their help in terms of charitable donations, especially in the run up to Christmas.
“Demand is only going to grow in the short to medium term for various reasons including COVID and cuts to Universal Credit.
“But we will work alongside the government and the local authority on phasing foodbanks out and do away with the need for them as soon as possible.”
Denis previously said: “Loaves and Fishes has been our life for the last 29 years and as heart-wrenching as it is myself and Cathie have taken the difficult decision to resign.
“Nothing is forever and as hard as it will be we have to look after ourselves at our age too. Our health hasn’t been great and we need to step back.
“But we have met so many beautiful people, made so many amazing friends over the years and had so many lovely messages since announcing were were going, we can’t thank people enough.”
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