SAUCHIE COMMUNITY GROUP has been honoured for its tireless work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The volunteers provided more than £7,500 for food parcels and have also funded the work of some other local organisations to distribute support packages to those in need.

They has also supplied stationery and activity packs to those in need and have also organised online concerts and have continued with the community choir.

The community garden has remained open all during the lockdown, and were recognised recently being voted Clackmannanshire's Community Group of the year.

Maggie Brookes, who initially nominated the group, said: "The group as a whole have the community's welfare at heart all the time and during the isolation of Covid carried on in their caring way to ensure that local people knew they could call on them at any time for any help.

"They delivered essential shopping and prescriptions to those with no family support and made regular calls and dropped little cards to ensure everyone knew they were still in their thoughts.

"The community garden has been there and maintained by the group meaning that there was somewhere safe and welcoming to visit.

"Craig Miller has continued the much-enjoyed Sauchie Community Group Choir on zoom which has helped to have continuity and kept spirits up through singing.

"The community group do amazing work and I am so pleased that they won this award."

Sauchie triumphed after being one of three local organisations that were shortlisted for the community award ran by Central FM online, which included Alva Development Trust and Hawkhill Community Centre.

Craig Miller, co-community manager at Sauchie Community Group, said: "We are delighted to have won this award that was decided by local people, particularly when up against two other brilliant organisations.

"All during the pandemic, Sauchie Community Group has tried to continue to serve our community, that has taken many different approaches, including securing funding for food parcels, stationary and activity packs, online activities, quizzes, discos, the community group choir, online concerts and so much more.

"It is important to us that we can reach and support as many in our community as possible, so we are always adapting and finding new ways of working.

"The pandemic has meant making big changes, but I am proud of the way our organisation has done everything it can to continue our brilliant work.

"We are currently working on a very full Christmas programme and will be announcing how everyone can get involved over the next couple of weeks.

"The pandemic will eventually be over and Sauchie Community Group looks forward to welcoming everyone back to our many activities and events."