A GROUP providing help to people struggling to make ends meet has received a cash boost.

North Berwick Kindness Co-operative provides emergency food and support to people throughout the North Berwick Coastal council ward, which also includes Dirleton and Gullane.

Now, Dirleton Fete and Games committee has donated £2,000 to the initiative.

Hilary Smith, chairperson of North Berwick Coastal Area Partnership, which manages the funds for the Kindness Co-operative, was delighted with the donation.

She said: “Since its inception, the Co-operative has helped many across the ward facing very difficult circumstances by providing emergency food and welfare support.

“With winter approaching and the projected rise in prices of food and energy, it’s expected that we will see in our community many more families and individuals in real need.

“The funds we received from Dirleton Fete and Games will go a long way to ensure the Kindness Co-operative will continue to provide such support.”

Dirleton Fete and Games regularly donates profits from the event to worthy local causes.

Miranda Mayes, chairperson of the group, was pleased they were able to assist having supported other organisations previously.

She said: “This year we were all very conscious of the terrible impact that the cost-of-living crisis was having on many local families so we wanted the most significant portion of the profits to go towards supporting them.

“We heard about the Kindness Co-operative and the amazing job they were doing for those in need in the community and got in touch.”