Staff from CMS Window Systems joined an army of volunteers including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown to help provide a much needed boost for hundreds of Scotland’s poorest families in time for Christmas. More than 700 children benefited from the day organised by Fife charity The Cottage Family Centre, on which volunteers joined forces to prepare and distribute 3,500 crates of food, bags of new toys and children’s clothes to more than 500 families in Kirkcaldy.
Joining volunteers from across the town including its former MP Gordon Brown, a team of five from CMS gave up their day jobs to help. This included three drivers and their vans to deliver the Christmas bundles, with the company also providing a donation of £5,000 and helping to organise an extensive storage and logistics warehouse which became the hub of the operation. CMS has supported the charity for many years in its work to support families and individuals who are vulnerable to social exclusion as a result of factors such as poverty, unemployment, poor housing, relationship breakdown, drug and alcohol problems and health related issues.
The Cottage Family Centre’s Service Manager, Pauline Buchan who organised the day said: “We are extremely grateful to have the ongoing support from CMS to our services in support of our most vulnerable children and families, it has been absolutely amazing and critical to ensuring we can continue to provide vital support to the most disadvantaged in our communities. The staff from CMS really did give their all and it was overwhelming to see the difference that can be made by all sectors working together.”
Andy Kerr, MD of CMS Window Systems added: “The Cottage Family Centre provides tremendous support to families who most need our help, so we’re only too pleased to assist in whatever we can. We’ve got to know the communities of Fife very well over the years though our work with Fife Council, which primarily involves helping to improving the quality and comfort of homes across the kingdom through new windows, doors and wall insulation. So we know only too well that we are in a privileged position to help, and that includes using our manpower and delivery vehicles for this charity day.”