Dumfries lottery winners board the festive food train

Barry (36) and Roberta Little (35) made their rounds with local charity Food Train, loading boxes of groceries into vans, dropping off essential shopping and visiting members of the Dumfries community in their homes.

The couple, who won a life changing sum of £1M thanks to the EuroMillions Millionaire Maker in 2013, were keen to get on board with the Food Train during one of the charity’s busiest weeks of the year.

Food Train offers its services to members of the local community who are over 65 and struggle to get their grocery shopping.  The deliveries are made on a weekly basis by volunteers providing fresh food supplies to pensioners who experience difficulties getting out and about.

As a former carer Barry knows the importance of services like those Food Train provides to vulnerable members of the public:  “The work that Food Train does is so crucial for the community. We take it for granted that we can get to the shops and get stocked up for Christmas but there are so many people who can’t. We were happy to support in any way we could and it’s been great helping out today and knowing we are making a difference.”

Helen McAnespie, regional manager for Food Train, Dumfries & Galloway added:  “Food Train really is a lifeline for many of our service users who struggle to do their weekly shop. It ensures they have the supplies they need to stay well fed throughout the week but also provides a friendly face and some companionship. It’s been fantastic to have the Littles helping us out with our deliveries at our busiest time of the year.”

Since scooping their EuroMillions prize, the Littles have used their win to set up not one, but two business which are going from strength to strength. Roberta was able to fulfil a lifelong dream and open her own hairdressing salon while Barry launched Woodgrove Community Transport, providing low cost travel for community groups, clubs and schools in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Food Train has previously benefited from £50,000 of National Lottery funding which enabled the charity to promote and extend its offering including the creation of a new befriending service providing informal social support.

For more information on National Lottery funding please visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk.

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