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BaxterStorey team at Queen Margaret University Support East Lothian Community During Lockdown

Wanting to help their local community during a time of need, BaxterStorey team at Queen Margaret University (QMU) partnered with social enterprise Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts and Carberry Residential Home, to support those in need during the pandemic.

Edinburgh-based Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts turn surplus food into healthy meals for vulnerable individuals. General Manager, Julie Smith and her team supported the enterprise by cooking and distributing over 1500 portions of hearty, vegetable soup.

Considering the cost and availability of personal protective equipment (PPE), the team donated gloves and masks to the social enterprise, to ensure they can safely continue the excellent work they are doing.

Commenting on the team’s charitable efforts, Julie said: “I feel incredibly privileged to have such a committed and passionate team and to have been afforded the opportunity to support our local community. Nothing I have asked of the team has been too much, and their willingness to adapt and go above and beyond has amazed me day after day. Thank you so much to my incredible team and QMU – without them none of this would have been possible”.

Chef, Davie Beattie volunteered to work shifts in the kitchen at Carberry Residential Home in Musselburgh, to cover for members of their team who had to self-isolate. Head chef, Richard Paton and sous chef, Allan Scott baked fruit scones and a delicious crumble for the residents, using rhubarb donated from the local community. Allan was responsible for delivering the scones and traybakes to the residents and key workers, bringing a smile to their faces.

Working alongside QMU Student Union and ResLife, the team provided 110 wellbeing packs, including dried food goods, toilet rolls and a handwritten postcard, to lift the spirits of students that were having to stay on campus. The on-site bar and café were transformed into a shop for students and the wider community to buy essential food goods, including eggs, flour and pasta.

BaxterStorey operations director, Mark McCulloch commented: “Julie and the team have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the work they have done in the local community. No one has ever experienced the world of Covid-19, but Julie and the team really took on the challenge, and with the support of the University, have created a long-lasting relationship with the local community. I am very proud of everything they have achieved”.

Acting head of commercial services at QMU, Sarah Whigham added: “I’m so proud of everything that Julie and team have done to help the local community in these challenging times. Great work everyone!”

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