A DRUMCHAPEL charity which was saved from the brink of closure earlier this year has delivered Christmas dinners to people in need.

G15 Youth Group partnered with the Asda Foundation and Drum Hub to provide a cooked dinner and dessert for those struggling to provide their own dinner.

More than 100 people were helped by the charity, which, just months ago, feared it wouldn't be able to continue after it lost out on a funding bid from Glasgow City Council.

A spokesman for the charity said it was "an honour" to help families facing difficulty in the area amid the coronavirus restrictions.

He explained although the group's services had been stretched this year, it was continuing to "do all it could" to carry on working for the community.

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Councillor Paul Carey praised the youth group for its commitment to those in the area, having previously created personalised Santa messages and job application support for youngsters in need.

Cllr Carey said: "G15 has been the lifeline of many families and young people in our community particularly through lockdown.

"They have sometimes the only contact with many young people who other agencies cannot reach.

"G15 as a project have had to overcome significant barriers in the last few months yet they still continue to put themselves out there to help these young people and their families throughout Covid-19 restrictions and will continue this over the festive period.

He added: "Well done G15 Drumchapel, I am very proud of you and the work you do."

As previously reported, the youth group secured eleventh hour funding after finding itself struggling to continue.

The group was among 134 charities, including beloved Buddies and the Money Advice Centre, who were knocked back for the lifeline Glasgow Communities Fund due to "exceptionally high demand".

Despite the inception of an additional fund aimed at covering the shortfall, the charity insisted it was still left without 62% of its expected annual funding and it could not see a way forward.

A petition, which was signed by more than 700 people, was started in an attempt to save the organisation.

However, its calls were answered when the National Lottery Fund agreed to finance the project for the next 28-months.

G15 Youth Project chairman Jordan Riley said it was the "best news" he had heard this year.

He added: “I am delighted for all our members and thank the staff for their support in order for us to save this service.

“Thank you to the Big Lottery young start fund for believing in our programme.”

This funding will help secure the delivery of the G15 youth project’s new SHAPE programme - a 12-week rolling programme aimed at supporting young people’s physical and emotional wellbeing.