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Hamper Appeal: how Tribune readers helped to spread festive cheer

‘I am lost for words’ ... ‘You have made my Christmas and New Year’

04 January, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Emily Thornberry with Laura Edwards of Angel Central, right, and Lusa Puma, centre

THE roast turkey you devoured on Christmas Day may now only be a distant memory, but our gratitude to those who donated to our Hamper Appeal over the festive period is still fresh.

The Tribune would like to say thank you to our readers who gave money so that dozens of people in Islington were able to enjoy a special present this Christmas. It reminded some of the isolated and the elderly that they weren’t forgotten.

Every day at the Tribune we hear stories of unimaginable hardship in the borough, which we know suffers from a sharp divide between rich and poor. We want to thank Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry who took time out of her hectic schedule to distribute 30 hampers with us at the Ringcross Community Centre in Caledonian Road.

From left, Lorane Gettins, Ruth Hutchinson, Emily Thornberry and Kim Cooper

We are grateful also to Savvas Panas of the Pilion Trust who organises the elderly lunch clubs where we were able to distribute hampers.

We know that it may have been a tough year financially for you and we are so grateful that you were generous enough to lend us a hand to spread joy

We at the Tribune wish everyone a happy and healthy 2019!

‘Thank you, this has put a smile on my face for the first time in a while’

Lucien Paul Stanfield with Sabina Godalyova, Claremont’s admin manager

OUR Christmas hampers have certainly put a smile on the faces of elderly people who have faced a tough year.

The Claremont Project, a community arts centre charity for over-55s, received a bundle of hampers after the public generously donated to our Christmas appeal.

Lucien Paul Stanfield, chief executive of the White Lion Street-based project, helped deliver the gifts to elderly Islington residents.

Mr Stanfield said: “Our members have been delighted at receiving the hampers with.

“One said ‘I am lost for words, thank you so much’; another said ‘You have made my Christmas and New Year, I don’t know how to thank you’, and ‘I have had a really tough time this year but this has put a smile on my face for the first time in a while’.”


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