Torness supports local Covid-19 response
Torness power station has lent its support to two local food banks and a charity supporting vulnerable children in the area.
The EDF facility has donated £500 each to the Dunbar Foodbank and the East Lothian Foodbank based in Tranent to support their Covid-19 response.
A number of facemasks were also made available to the Dunbar group for volunteers to use during their duties.
A further £500 has been given to Aberlour children’s charity, which runs a respite and support service in Prestonpans.
Station Director Robert Gunn, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone, leaving some in need of support more than ever. These organisations carry out a crucial role in the local community and I’m glad we have been able to help them in this way.”
In April, for example, the East Lothian Foodbank gave out 284, 3-day emergency food parcels, feeding nearly 700 people. More than a third of them were children.
East Lothian Foodbank Director, Candace Higgins, said: “This is a difficult time for everyone but particularly for those in need. Dealing with this crisis whilst worrying about how you are going to feed your family is frankly terrifying. We have been fortunate enough to have been able to stay open to help support our community and this has been due to the overwhelming public support we have received. This generous donation will allow us to continue providing this much needed service and takes away any worry we have about being able to do this.”
This is just one of the steps EDF is taking across the UK to support local communities during the pandemic. You can read about some of the other initiatives here.