Blantyre Bites Back

A troop of Blantyre organisations unite this Christmas to provide a

three course meal for families struggling financially.

Blantyre Soccer Academy have teamed up with Priestfield Boxing Club,

Jinxy’s Bakers, The Blantyre Resident’s Group, Strachan’s Butchers

and others to deliver this festive gesture.

The club’s vice chairperson said: “We decided to take the stress and

worry away from Christmas day and provide a three course meal to

anyone who needs it.”

The menu includes homemade soup, turkey and trimmings and Christmas


The group hopes to extend their plans through to New Years Eve with

beef stew and potatoes on offer and even packed lunches for the

period in between.

Jinxy’s Bakers will be providing filled rolls and cakes during

December as part of the scheme.

Peter Inglis, who runs the Main Street bakery with his mum and dad,

said: “This past year has proved that when Blantyre needs to help

their own, then we all try our best to help out.”

The man, who has lived in the town all of his life, praised the hard

work of everyone involved and thinks it’s “always good to give

something back”.

Strachan’s Butchers will not only be providing meat for the dinner,

they will be taking on the mammoth task of cooking 100 portions in

time for Christmas Eve.

Nicola Strachan, who owns the Glasgow Road favourite with her husband

Steven, said: “ The Blantyre community have shown our business

unwavering support over the last two and a half years and we’re

always keen to pay them back.”

Blantyre Soccer Academy have a winning scorecard when it comes to

community involvement – with fellow footballer Marcus Rashford and

his recent campaign for free school meals being an inspiration for

their campaign.

During the height of the pandemic the team provided vital educational

resources for less fortunate families including stationary, books and

activity packs.

As well as this, they provided clothing at a time when money is

“tight” and “kids don’t stop growing”.

Food bank charity The Trussell Trust reported 237,225 emergency food

parcels were distributed in Scotland last year, with the predominant

reason being low income and benefit delays.

Councillor Josh Wilson, who welcomes the initiative, said: “ I welcome

the community pulling together to support those who would’ve

otherwise struggled.

“I’m glad organisations like the Blantyre Soccer Academy are doing

everything they can to support those in need.”

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