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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.


  • Whilst working on writing reports Elaine (OCK's Founder) has had time to reflect on the charity’s performance over the last year. She noticed that whilst the disruption of the covid-19 pandemic has changed the way OCK has been operating she has been very proud of the way the team has pulled together to provide meals for those isolated and vulnerable at home throughout the course of the pandemic. Elaine has been reflecting on volunteer time that has gone into the number of meals produced and delivered, the kindness calls to people at home and all the other work behind the scenes. There has been tremendous community support from local people, businesses, and organisations. During the covid months when people were particularly isolated and vulnerable, OCK:
  • Prepared, cooked, and delivered 11,587 mainly hot and some frozen nutritious meals to local vulnerable people at home.
  • Made 10.110 kindness calls
  • Served 1,200 nutritious home-cooked meals (since some people have begun to re-join OCK)
  • 64 community patrons have supported OCK
  • 71 community volunteers have given 11,612 hours to support our local community through OCK, which at a minimum wage standard is equivalent to £103,000
    • OCK's social get together nights have launched and are a success, seeing members of the community (who are normally isolated) dancing, singing and chatting. It has been great to see individuals enjoying themselves in a similar way to pre pandemic times. 
    • "How we used to be" has been proposed as an initiative to allow the community kitchen participants to bring in photographs from their life and talk about their experiences.”

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Written by Henry Elderfield

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