Swap your tins for swims at Dunbar’s Leisure Pool

East Lothian Foodbank manager Peter Dicker, with volunteers Mary Wallace and Rosemary Brannan and co-ordinator Heather Combe.
East Lothian Foodbank manager Peter Dicker, with volunteers Mary Wallace and Rosemary Brannan and co-ordinator Heather Combe.

Next Saturday, March 21, Dunbar Leisure Pool invites customers to bring along a donation to the East Lothian Foodbank and in return they can enjoy a swim for free!

The East Lothian Foodbank, which is based in Civic Square Tranent, provides emergency food supplies to local people in crisis. All food handed out by the Foodbanks is donated. The charity therefore relies on the generosity of local public to donate items to help others in need.

Between 10am and 4.30pm on Saturday, March 21, enjoyleisure will be offering patrons a free swim at Dunbar Leisure Pool in exchange for donations to the Foodbank - the suggested donation is five items per person or ten items per family.

The Foodbank has a ‘shopping list’ of non-perishable items they require to create the three day food parcel which are designed by dieticians to provide recipients with nutritionally balanced food.

The shopping list includes: Milk (UHT or powdered), sugar (500g), fruit juice (carton), pasta sauces, sponge pudding (tinned), tomatoes (tinned), cereals, rice pudding (tinned), instant coffee, instant mash potato, rice, tinned meat/fish, tinned vegetables, tined fruit, jam, biscuits or snack bars.

Carol Tait, service manager at Dunbar Leisure Pool said: “‘Swims for Tins’ is an opportunity for enjoyleisure to assist in the provision of vital support to those families who are in need of it most.

As a fun-filled family destination, we’d like to thank those who can help others in need with a free swim.”

Bill Axon, general manager added: “As a community organisation, we have a role to play in the overall health and wellbeing of East Lothian’s residents.

“As more and more demands are being requested of the Foodbank, we wanted to show our support to this invaluable charitable initiative and assist those in our communities who are need of its services.”

Peter Dicker, East Lothian Foodbank manager commented: “We at the Foodbank thank enjoyleisure for coming up with this idea for getting donations for the Foodbank.

“A big thank you also goes to the Dunbar Leisure Pool staff for their support, on what we expect will be an extremely busy day!

“The donations will keep us topped up with the food items that will go towards making up food parcels for people who are in a food crisis situation in East Lothian.

“We thank everyone in advance for their generosity.”

Anyone is welcome to drop in their non-perishable food donation at Dunbar Leisure Pool on Saturday, March 21, between 10am and 4.30pm. Swim sessions will be running throughout the day, however, spaces will be limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

“Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum ratio of one adult to two children under eight years.

For further details about the East Lothian Foodbank and its services please visit: http://eastlothian.foodbank.org.uk/ Further details about Dunbar Leisure Pool can be found at www.enjoyleisure.com.