THE spirit of Christmas is alive and well in the southside of Glasgow.
NHS staff at the new South Glasgow hospital and contractors Brookfield Multiplex, the main building contractor of the new hospital, came together to donate food and Christmas presents to the local community.
There was enough food donated to make 112 food parcels which were distributed through local housing associations to older people in the community.
The Christmas gifts were donated to the Preshal Trust, a local charity which supports familiesa nd children in the area.
Alan Seabourne, project manager of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “The staff at the new hospital’s project team and Brookfield Multiplex worked closely with the community and wanted to do something on the run up to Christmas.
“By donating food and presents they hope to bring a bit of festive cheer.
“Both the NHS staff and Brookfield Multiplex have been amazing with their donations which has allowed 112 food parcels to be handed out to older people who hopefully will enjoy some nice treats.
“The Christmas gifts that were donated will be distributed to children locally which will hopefully make a difference this Christmas.”
Caron Dunlop, community engagement manager of Brookfield Multiplex was happy with the outcome.
She said: “The Christmas collections are part of our on-going community involvement at the site and it is fantastic that everyone has pulled together with the hampers and the gifts for the young people.
“This is partnership working at its very best and it is great to see the positive impact on the local community.”
Shirley McKnight is the depute director of Elderpark Housing Association many of whose tenants benefitted from the gifts.
Ms McKnight said: “We have already distributed the parcels to 50 of our oldest tenants who live alone and the feedback has been overwhelming.
“They have all been surprised and delighted.
“The association would like to give a big thank you to all at the NHS and Brookfield Multiplex for this fantastic gesture.”