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Let nobody be forgotten at Christmas

29 November, 2019

IT’S that time again. On Sunday you can open the first door on your fun-filled advent calendar and begin the countdown to Christmas Day.

Most people are making their way through lists of presents for their loved ones. That means for the next few weeks, London’s shopping streets are going to be filled with growing festive cheer. The tills will almost tap out the tune of Jingle Bells.

But this time of year can be painful and, sadly, a dreaded one for some of our neighbours in Islington.

Outside north London, people may see ours as an affluent borough, but we know from our reporting throughout the year that it is also a place where hardship exists alongside abundance.

Not everybody has the money to go out and splash the cash in an ever-growing frenzy of present-buying. This is why we organise our Christmas hamper appeal, in an attempt to make sure nobody misses out on what should be a special time.

With your help, we are looking to bring cheer to those Islington pensioners at home with no one to share in the celebrations with. We also look to help families in dire need who are struggling to make ends meet, as well as those for whom it’s been a testing year.

The appeal raises money for hampers delivered across the borough in the week before Christmas. We know they won’t solve everything but we hope a small gesture can show that the community cares about those who need a helping hand.

All we ask is that readers donate whatever they can to our fundraising drive. It will enable us to deliver a treat to those who need it most, showing that they haven’t been forgotten.

Could you organise a fundraising event, such as a sponsored run, cake sale or pub quiz?

And if you know anyone deserving of a hamper, please do get in touch: email:


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