Cru holdings along with Inverness travel took to the streets today to delivery much needed Christmas meal hampers to deserving families in and around Inverness and Nairn

Managing Director, Scott Murray said that he took the decision after being overwhelmed at the support that his team of managers and staff, and the local community had shown since the lifting of (the first) lockdown in August.

“We have been very fortunate to have such an amazing team of staff and loyal customers which had helped us survive and thrive through the most difficult trading conditions I have ever experienced.”

CRU team appreciation awards, January 2020

“We would normally show our appreciation to our teams by holding a staff awards ceremony and meal/dance however with things the way they are, that just wasn’t going to happen. We decided that the best way we could reward our team of around 100 colleagues was to offer to put Christmas dinner on their tables to ensure that they could enjoy a hearty family meal this Christmas day.”

As well as providing meals for the team, Cru decided to show appreciation to the communities who had supported them, and offer to put around 120 meals on the tables of families who needed it most this festive period.

Operations Director, Kenneth Loades, Managing Director Scott Murray and the team from the Merkinch Family Centre in Inverness

“We also wanted to ensure that the money we spent stayed as local as possible, so with the support of Aberdeenshire Larder, and Williamsons Foodservice we were able to put the packs together. The Citizens Advice Bureau in Nairn, and the Merkinch Family centre kindly helped us distribute as well.”

Each pack contained enough to feed up to 6, and consisted of Turkey, stuffing, a selection of vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, pate, oatcakes and of course, the ubiquitous Christmas pudding.