Bute thanked for Christmas hamper scheme support

Bute Oasis.
Bute Oasis.

The woman behind the non-profit organisation set up to support Bute’s food bank has said a personal thank you to those who contributed to its first Christmas hamper scheme.

The tribute comes from Angela Callaghan, who came up with the idea for Bute Oasis in early 2014, shortly after the island’s food bank was set up under the auspices of the Bute Advice Centre.

Angela and her team of volunteers at Bute Oasis - which uses all the money made from sales at its shop in Rothesay’s Argyle Street to buy items for the food bank - put together 50 hampers of Christmas food and gifts for those in need on the island thanks to the generosity of local businesses, community groups and householders.

“When we at Bute Oasis opened our shop only ten months ago we had no idea how successful or indeed needed it would be,” Angela said.

“We only wanted to give help to the most needy in our community, and this Christmas Rothesay showed its true colours and pulled together to make Christmas happen for 50 householders, many of them with children.

“Instead of dreading Christmas and the cost it entails we provided them with 50 Christmas hampers and gifts for all their children. I say we, but I mean you - without your help this could not have happened and from the bottom of our hearts we thank you all.”

* You can read Angela’s thank you message in full in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, January 8.