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By Ben Murray
MP joins volunteers in Kirkconnel for tea
VITAL SERVICE . . . local MP David Mundell, fifth from left, joined volunteers on their ‘check and chat’ food delivery round in Kelloholm and Kirkconnel on Sunday afternoon. Also pictured, left to right, are: Dolores Linney, Helen France, Emma Morrison, Sheila Mitchell, ward councillor Tony Berretti and Doris Hiddleston

LOCAL MP David Mundell joined volunteers delivering food and friendship on their round in Upper Nithsdale on Sunday.

He initially met the team at the FoodShare GoodShare base at Nith Buildings in Kelloholm before going out with volunteers visiting service users at their homes in the village and neighbouring Kirkconnel.

Mr Mundell has been an enthusiastic supporter of the work carried out by FoodShare GoodShare and its parent body Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Development Trust, particularly during the pandemic period.

He said: “I was grateful to have the opportunity to join the volunteers and chat to service users in their homes. It was clear just how much the afternoon teas and the social aspect of these short weekly visits were appreciated.

“The tea, check and chat service is available to individuals, who, for health or a variety of other reasons, may find it difficult to venture far from their home and in some cases have no relatives living near-by.

“It complements the range of community activities carried out by FoodShare GoodShare from their premises.

“These include providing a warm space during cold weather, social activities and encouraging residents feeling isolated to become more engaged within the local community with all the benefits that can bring.”

Mr Mundell recently nominated FoodShare GoodShare co-ordinator Chris Simm as constituency representative at a national charities’ reception held at 10 Downing Street.

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