Playing an active role in our local community is vital to us. As part of our charitable work, we contribute time and resources to a variety of local charities. We offer honorary membership to local NHS and Blood Bike staff. Scroll down to learn more.
Charitable Work: Supporting Local Foodbanks
Becoming a member has multiple benefits. As well as a discount on briquettes, you support a local charity. 100% of your donation goes to charity.
The First Base Agency is an independent charity and provides support to families. Many are affected by drugs and alcohol; women at risk of violence; ex service personnel and foreign nationals facing poverty and deprivation.
First Base distribute over 4000 food parcels annually and provide an education service for local schools. Their work helps to improve the lives of families and individuals across the region.
We partnered with First Base in March 2021 and all of our membership donations go directly to them. Visit us in store to sign up.
Dumfriesshire Foodbank provides nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks and so are Supported by The Trussell Trust. Working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Between January 2017 and February 2021, our members donated over £20,000 to the Dumfriesshire Foodbank by joining our membership scheme.
Visit us in our Dumfries store and become a member.
Charitable Work: Borders Forest Trust
In the winter of 2019/2020 we started our Plant A Tree scheme. For every tonne of briquettes we sell, we plant one native tree in the UK. So, whether you buy one pack or one pallet, every purchase counts towards our total. We do this in partnership with Borders Forest Trust, who plant areas of native woodland in the Scottish Borders.
In January 2020, we kicked the scheme off by purchasing 2,107 trees. These were planted at Talla & Gameshope in Southern Scotland and have the sole purpose of habitat creation. These trees will never be felled so will be left to complete their natural life cycle.
Click here to Find out more about the Borders Forest Trust.
Charitable Work: Winter Warmth for Older People Project
The Winter Warmth for Older People Project is run by The Hub. They are a local community action centre in Dumfries; the Community Payback Unit (Dumfries & Galloway Council) and local landowners.
The project delivers free firewood to older people on low incomes in Dumfries & Galloway each winter so that they can keep warm.
Most years we donate up to four tonnes of wood fuel to the project. In 2020 we were asked to help in a more extensive capacity after COVID-19 severely disrupted the scheme.
Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes
Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes is a charitable organisation set up by local volunteers. They deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies between hospitals and healthcare sites in South West Scotland and sometimes beyond. They work all hours and so are always ready to respond.
We offer Blood Bike volunteers free honorary membership of the Wood fuel Co-operative as a recognition of the important work they do for our local community. Claim your free membership by bringing your Blood Bike ID to our office and we’ll get you signed up.
NHS Dumfries & Galloway
All Dumfries and Galloway NHS staff are eligible for free honorary membership of the Wood Fuel Co-operative. This is as a thank you because their amazing staff looked after Rowland when he was very ill in 2015. Visit us in store and sign up.
Are you a member of D&G NHS staff? Claim your free membership by bringing your NHS ID to our office. This offer also applies to NHS staff who live in Dumfries & Galloway and work for neighbouring NHS Trusts. Visit us in store and sign up.