Lidl lays on a spread for Christmas

DISCOUNTER Lidl brought some Christmas cheer to those suffering from loneliness over the festive period, by donating Christmas and Hogmanay dinners to 36 Scottish charitable groups.

Lidl donated enough stock to provide up to 700 dinners to charities and community causes tackling loneliness and isolation across Scotland.

The discounter opted to support the groups in this way following feedback from charities which revealed additional donations were required to ensure events supporting the homeless and elderly could go ahead.

Donations from Lidl included a total of 36 turkeys, 684 pigs in blankets, 9kg of Brussels sprouts, 68 steak pies and desserts, 136 packs of shortbread and tablet, shared between 36 groups.

Mark Newbold of Lidl UK commented: “It’s incredibly heartening to hear about all of the good causes that our food surplus goes towards through our national food redistribution programme, but we know that the Christmas and New Year period in particular can be a very difficult time for many people suffering from loneliness.

“This is why we wanted to give a bit extra to communities and projects that our store teams support throughout the year, helping to bring people together.”