A GOOD cause which delivers lifeline shopping supplies to Clacks older people has welcomed a new chief executive.

Rosie McLuskie will be taking the helm at the Food Train on April 1, succeeding Michelle Carruthers who has led the organisation for more than two decades.

Formerly Scotland director for We Are With You – which supports people experiencing issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health – Rosie brings with her a deep-rooted background in health and social care, which lie at the core of her new role.

She said: “I cannot wait to get started at Food Train.

“This is a charity which not only improves lives, but saves them – ensuring older people not only get the groceries they need to eat well at home, but the company they need to live well too.

“The health of far too many people suffer tragically as a result of malnutrition and loneliness.

“Food Train and its tremendous volunteers stop both.

“I am determined that this charity will continue its great work in not just supporting our members, but in being a voice for them too – to ensure their opinions and experiences are heard, as well as their needs met.”

Food Train works with older people across Clackmannanshire and Stirling to provide shopping and befriending services to ensure the elderly can lead healthy and independent lives.

Michelle, who led the charity’s launch in the region, left her post as the Easter holidays rolled in.

Alan Dalziel, chair at Food Train, said: “We are delighted to appoint Rosie to the CEO role as her experience, determination and leadership qualities are exactly what the charity needs to serve the best interests of our members, volunteers and staff going forward.

“We also express our heartfelt gratitude to Michelle for her outstanding leadership over so many years and wish her the very best for the next chapter in her life.”

Visit thefoodtrain.co.uk to find out more about the support on offer as well as volunteering opportunities.