TWO foodbanks helping support people during the coronavirus pandemic have each been given £500.

Torness Power Station staff gave their support to East Lothian Foodbank and Dunbar Basics Bank.

A number of face masks were also given to the Dunbar group for volunteers to use during their duties.

And a further £500 has been given to Aberlour children’s charity, which runs a respite and support service in Prestonpans.

Robert Gunn, station director at Torness, to the south-east of Dunbar, was happy to help.

He said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone, leaving some in need of support more than ever.

“These organisations carry out a crucial role in the local community and I’m glad we have been able to help them in this way.”

In April, the Tranent-based East Lothian Foodbank gave out 284 three-day emergency food parcels, feeding nearly 700 people.

More than a third of those receiving support were children.

Candace Higgins, East Lothian Foodbank director, appreciated the donation.

She said: “This is a difficult time for everyone but particularly for those in need.

“Dealing with this crisis whilst worrying about how you are going to feed your family is frankly terrifying.

“We have been fortunate enough to have been able to stay open to help support our community and this has been due to the overwhelming public support we have received.

“This generous donation will allow us to continue providing this much needed service and takes away any worry we have about being able to do this.”