Healthy outlook for tower residents

Councillor Gary O'Rorke at the opening of the fruit and veg co-op with Brandon Court residents (l-r) Jacqueline Miller, Margaret Milligan and Mary Todd
Councillor Gary O'Rorke at the opening of the fruit and veg co-op with Brandon Court residents (l-r) Jacqueline Miller, Margaret Milligan and Mary Todd

THE Tenants’ Association of Brandon Court has opened a fruit and veg co-op, in association with Lanarkshire Community Food and Health Partnership (LCFHP).

The purpose of setting up the co-op in the common room is to improve access to fresh, healthy and easily affordable fruit and vegetables for residents of the Motherwell tower block.

Tenants Association secretary Jim Milligan said: “The LCFHP are a registered charity and non-profit making organisation which has really helped our newly formed co-op by buying all the fruit and veg in bulk from local markets and then selling it onto us at cost price.

“In turn we are able to make available the best quality fruit and veg at the lowest possible price for our friends and neighbours.

“Not only is there the obvious health benefits in eating fresh fruit and veg regularly, but also in these testing economic times it is also a great opportunity to be able to purchase such healthy fresh product on your doorstep for the lowest possible price.”

Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig councillor Gary O’Rorke attended the opening.

He said “This is a fantastic idea that has been put into action by the Tenants Association of Brandon Court, the time and effort setting up this co-op was quite extraordinary.

“The fruit and veg on offer is of the highest quality and at the time I attended the common room was full of people, and it was a really friendly sociable environment to shop in.

“Community spirit is alive and well in our fine town of Motherwell and I wish the new Brandon Court co-op all the success in the future.

“I believe that this is only the start and I would not be surprised if people will be queuing up in the future to get in.”

LCFHP also runs numerous food co-ops across Lanarkshire including the Pat Cullinan Community Centre in Motherwell, Viewpark Community Centre, McCormack Gardens in Newarthill, Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre in Bellshill, Motherwell Health Centre, Wishaw General Hospital and Kirklands Hospital in Bothwell.

For more information visit www.lcfhp.co.uk.