A "VITAL" charity service in the Wee County has earned the support of generous Wee County residents.

The Food Train rolled out its shopping service for older people in Clackmannanshire just before lockdown started, with demand now at a record high.

Indeed, the Stirling and Clackmannanshire branch is currently supporting around 350 people and has recently launched a recruitment drive.

The Food Train had enjoyed the support of Wee County people, who were keen to roll their sleeves up, since lockdown began.

However, many who had been on furlough have now returned to work.

Stuart Miller, Food Train's regional manager for Stirling and Clackmannanshire, said: "The support we have had from our volunteers throughout the pandemic – and the response we have from people who could see the extra help we needed to meet the unprecedented demand we have seen – has been fantastic.

"But, as many people who took the opportunity to help us while on furlough leave return to work as demand for our services remains high, we find ourselves in need of more people to both help with shopping for our customers' orders and in delivering them.

"That's why we're encouraging anyone who can spare a few hours a week to get in-touch.

"It's enjoyable, rewarding work and we have a great team spirit.

"The knowledge that your shopping is being taken care of and that someone will deliver it to you makes a real positive difference to the lives of older people across Stirling and Clackmannanshire."

The charity, also received the backing of Clacks MSP Keith Brown.

He said: "I first became aware of the Food Train several years ago due to its work in the Bridge of Allan and Dunblane areas of our constituency and I saw first hand the benefits and impact of the service when I joined a local volunteer on their regular delivery route.

"I was delighted to support its roll out within Clackmannanshire – and just at the right time it would seem.

"The Food Train has been a vital local resource during the pandemic, helping hundreds of older people with their weekly grocery shop and moving forward, it will continue to be a great help.

"As soon as it's possible, I look forward to having the opportunity of joining local volunteers in Clackmannanshire."

Those interested in volunteering can visit thefoodtrain.co.uk/volunteer or call 01786 450 536 for more details.