QMU graduate and lecturer arrange a sweet surprise for NHS staff

By Press Office

An International Management and Leadership graduate of Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh, has been instrumental in securing a donation of 60,000 sweet treats for frontline health care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tina Cunningham, Community Support Director for Border Biscuits, and her husband John, the Managing Director, arranged for the gifting of several thousands of boxes of the company's biscuits to NHS staff in the Lanarkshire and Lothian regions since lockdown measures were announced towards the end of March.    

Richard Bent, a senior lecturer at QMU's Business School, contacted his former student with the idea of supplying a staff hub at St John's Hospital in West Lothian with boxes of their signature product. From there, the initiative quickly escalated to the company donating biscuits to several different health care providers through its Border Community Support Foundation.    

Tina Cunningham said: "Border Community Support has always been proud of the work we've been doing in our local communities for over ten years. However, during this pandemic, we are pleased to be able to extend this work across the country and help NHS staff and frontline workers in the incredible job they are doing. The link with QMU in delivering this donation has also shown the value of networking and co-operation.  

Richard Bent said: "The corporate values of QMU and Border Biscuits are very closely aligned, and we have a strong working relationship; several students from the Scottish Centre for Food Development and Innovation (based within the University) have been out on placement with the company. I'm extremely proud of all the good work being carried out by Tina and Border Biscuits and have enjoyed working with her on this project. Keep up the good work!"

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