LOCAL Woman’s gym Curves have collected nearly twenty bags of non-perishable food over the course of the past couple of weeks, as part of their drive to support poor families in Aberdeen city and shire.
The gym, which agreed to waive its membership fee for a month in return for a bag of shopping, is doing so as part of a nationwide campaign by Curves branches to collect food for needy families.
Although the north-east of Scotland is regarded as a comparatively wealthy area, pockets of deprivation remain - particularly in Aberdeen city - where much of the food will be dispersed.
Speaking to the Times, Curves spokeswoman Melanie Kidd said: “We’ve collected around twenty bags of food thus far, which is quite impressive, considering the scheme has only been going for a couple of weeks. We’re hoping to collect even more - the fee waiver lasts until the end of March.
“The food will go to a very good cause, and will be dispersed by the VSA to families in the area who need it. Anyone can donate - including non members.
“We don’t have a set target as such - we just want to collect as many bags of food as we can.”
Anyone wanting to donate a bag of non-perishable food items can do so at Curves, at Ellon’s Castle Park Industrial Estate.