Mental Health Team Show Support for Local Foodbank

A team of nurses and doctors from the Mental Health Acute Assessment Team (MHAATs) at Forth Valley Royal Hospital donned their running shoes to raise much-needed cash for a Clackmannanshire food bank, The Gate. Despite some participants never having run 10k before, the net result was almost £3,000 – six times their initial £500 target!

The team, from the Mental Health Acute Assessment Team (MHAATS for short) acknowledged: “We are not athletes and some of us run better than others, but as a team we always get to the finish line.”

The Gate, which is based in Alloa, takes referrals from statutory agencies as well as other charities and community groups. They provide fresh and non-perishable food to those facing hunger. During three months in summer, The Gate distributed an incredible 55,000 meals, supported 2,600 people and made up 1140 parcels. However, the need for their help has increased significantly recently as single people and families are struggling to cope due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The money raised by the mental health team is being used to support the most vulnerable in the Wee County by purchasing food and essential items needed to operate The Gate’s services.