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Our Community

PureMalt are proud to support charitable initiatives within our network.
Read the blog for the latest updates within our community.


Our Community Kitchen exists to reduce social isolation for people of all ages and abilities by bringing together the local community of Haddington and Lammermuir to enjoy good hearty fresh food and allowing friendships to form.  OCK runs from Haddington Bowling Club and has organically developed. We also work with our local Area Partnership around holiday hunger for pupils whose families are in receipt of a low income. 

We normally bring up to 90 people together each week, however, we have stopped our usual way of working to respond to this horrendous coronavirus. We are still continuing to change people’s lives through food, but in a very different way.

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Haddington Rugby Football Club has a proud history.  We are delighted to have PureMalt as our primary sponsor, particularly with their strong industrial heritage within the town.

Building rugby teams is multi-faceted. The support that PureMalt provides to Haddington RFC enables us to ensure that our senior teams have strips to wear, that we can ensure adequate changing facilities to members of all ages and genders, as well as for community clubs and schools. PureMalt has enabled us to ensure that the next crop of players is developed by enabling coaches to be accredited, as well as providing funding for our Youth Development Officer.

The difference PureMalt has had on the club is not only based upon financial investment. PureMalt has become a part of the Haddington RFC family. Whether attending games, or by recognising success by selecting and presenting “Man of the Match” awards, PureMalt has always shown a keen interest in the success of the club. We look forward to this continuing long into the future, with Haddington RFC and PureMalt remaining at the heart of the community.

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The Club currently has around 270 players, with around 70 volunteers, who are either Coaches or Committee members. The Club has a development pathway for players, from 5 year-olds in our Soccer School, through to adults in the 1st Team. We have boys’ and girls’ youth teams, playing 7, 9 & 11-a- side football, in both the Edinburgh and East Lothian Leagues. The 1st Team play in the East of Scotland League and have recently been accepted for a Full Licence, by the SFA, which will enable them to play in the Scottish Cup.

The Youth teams play out of the fantastic facility at Whittingehame Drive, which includes a Pavilion and floodlit 3G all weather pitch. The 1st Team are based at Millfield, on the enclosed floodlit grass pitch.

PureMalt have generously sponsored our 2009 youth team since 2019, purchasing home and away kits for the team. This has been a huge help to the team financially and we fully appreciate the support that our neighbours at PureMalt provide.

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PureMalt are proud to support and sponsor local team 'Five in a Row'. They will be raising money for the charity 'Reverse Rett'. The team of 5 will make up 1 of 30 teams participating from around the world in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge, crossing from La Gomera to Antigua.

JUNE 2021


"A challenge that will take you more than 3000 Miles west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW)."

PureMalt are proud to support and sponsor local team 'Five in a Row'. They will be raising money for the charity 'Reverse Rett'. The team of 5 will make up 1 of 30 teams participating from around the world.

La Gomera to Antigua - the team will row 3000 miles unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean

The team will take on the unique challenge of crossing an ocean in a rowing boat.

They will also face challenges along the way, including:

  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Salt Sores
  • Physical Extremes
  • 40 Foot Atlantic Swell
  • Atlantic Storms

The Crew: 
Ian Baird - Coastal Rowing Double World Champion
Clive Rooney - Coastal Rowing Double World Champion
Ross McKinney - Actively involved with the charity Reverse Rett since his daughter's devastating diagnosis at the age of 3.
Duncan Hughes - I have never had an outing on the water that hasn’t lifted my mood and cleared my head. That theory is about to be tested.
Fraser Potter - The rookie of the crew.

Each crew member must:

  • Face 40-60 days at sea,
  • Consume 10 litres of water per day,
  • Eat over 10,000 calories per day,
  • Row 2 hours, Sleep 2 hours 24/7.
  • Collectively it will take 1.5 million rowing strokes.
  • The challenge will cause each team member to burn in excess of 5,000 calories per day and result in a 12.5KG weight loss per person.

Rett Syndrome is:

A neurological condition which most often strikes previously healthy little girls between their first and second birthday, leaving them with multiple disabilities and medical complexities for life.

There are many symptoms of Rett Syndrome. Some signs appear in the first 6-18 months of the child’s life, but some appear between the ages of 1 and 4. Although very rare, boys can also get the disease.

Reverse Rett - A patient advocacy and research organisation focused on delivering treatments and a cure for Rett Syndrome to everyone affected.

PureMalt are proud to support Reverse Rett and Five in a Row.
We have agreed to support the challenge, keep an eye out for our sponsorship on the vessel!

For further information:


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Our Community Kitchen

This month, teachers from Meadowpark School supported the garden project by sanding down the wooden features in the community garden and applied fire retardant protective spray.


A community planting day was held which saw parents, teachers and kids all volunteer to support the project and get involved in growing and developing the garden.


OCK begin interviewing potential candidates for the role of 'Garden Coordinator'.

Our Community Kitchen has decided to stop their hot meal deliveries (from June 13th) and replace these with delivery of frozen meals, providing their members with more variety in their schedule. The change allows the charity to welcome individuals to the bowling club for 1 extra day per week. The bowling club is now welcoming members of the community Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, this has allowed new members visit (some of which had not visited pre covid-19).

Alice Hunton (team leader) has left OCK and celebrated her time with the charity with a leaving event. Alice had joined the team in March 2020 and dedicated her work to ensuring the food was made and delivered to the member's homes. 



The charity's 50/50 club moves from strength to strength as the potential prize pot grows to £655 with 131 numbers sold to date.

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Written by Henry Elderfield

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