Whilst we’re, naturally, flattered, we’ve taken (we believe) a lot of the credit and limelight away from many, many other amazing and generous others.
Before we’d even got involved, members of a local church committee anonymously donated several thousand pounds to kick start the First Base Agency’s fundraiser appeal.
Since we made the offer to match donations, we’ve seen dozens of others donating (in most cases people, not businesses) several further thousands of pounds.
It’s been an endearing experience (not to mention an all-too-begging an opportunity for several of our nearest and dearest to gently take the piss!).
Truly, the real credit here belongs to the team at The First Base Agency.
While we’re spending our days sat in our nice, warm office building websites, Mark, Lesley and their network of helpers are there, right on the front line helping people who, because of whatever circumstances, don’t have enough food in the cupboards to see themselves or their families through the week.
Local politics really isn’t my bag (though Kit’s always happy to chew your ear off over a G&T on such matters), but I do find myself pondering why, in a region so steeped in agriculture – by absolute definition, “the cultivation and breeding of animals, plants and fungi for food, fibre, biofuel, medicinal plants and other products used to sustain and enhance human life” – food banks are such an absolute, vital service in our towns.
Something is fundamentally broken and, until it’s fixed at source, places like the First Base Agency will continue to rely on support from their local communities to keep them afloat.
If you’re local and, if you can, please consider making a regular donation to the First Base Agency. Anything from a tin of beans to a packet of custard dropped into their various collection points across Dumfries & Galloway can and does make a real difference to someone that needs it.
Thank you. No, really.
Finally, we couldn’t have done this without your help so thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, The donations, messages of support and goodwill received over the last fortnight has genuinely and absolutely blown our minds.
By way of addressing the balance a little, we’ll be knocking off a wee bit earlier than usual tonight to go and celebrate our 5th year in business. We’re treating the guys to a weekend away in Newcastle with a morning’s messing about in diggers, some beers at Oktoberfest and a nice slap-up meal for afters.