Redburn Community Hub has thanked young people of The Meadows children’s house in Irvine, who last week donated some of their allowance money to boost its foodbank operation.

£160 in total was donated after staff members, inspired by the generosity of the young people, matched the amount raised.

Liz Sullivan, of Redburn Community Hub, said: “The hub is responding to the COVID-19 crisis and is operating a foodbank for those in need.

“The young people and staff from The Meadows children’s house contributed £160 of their own money to help others, which was very gratefully received. This will be used to purchase nappies and milk formula for infants, both of which are very much in need in the Irvine locality area.”

Billy Todd, senior residential worker at The Meadows, said: “During a discussion between staff and young people about the current situation, we spoke about the positive work being carried out by the foodbanks and community hubs.

“The young people asked about why they were needed, and when they heard that there were local families who relied on these vital services they were shocked.

“We explained that these services rely on donations, and on hearing this the young people expressed a desire to help in some way.

“They have been saving some of their money for after lockdown and offered to donate some of this, asking if staff would match it. We agreed and collected £160 for our local food bank at Redburn Community Centre.

“The entire Meadows staff team are extremely proud of our young people for their thoughtful gesture.”

One young Meadows resident said: “We felt it was a kind gesture to help out those less fortunate,” with another adding “It’s nice to think we may have brought a little bit of comfort to some families who may be struggling through these difficult times.”

Councillor Robert Foster, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “The community hubs are doing a fantastic job right now supporting local people during the Coronavirus pandemic – providing advice, delivering prescriptions and distributing food to those who need it most.

“The money donated by staff and young people at The Meadows will go a long way towards supporting local families in need during this challenging time and I’d like to thank them all for their generosity.”