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MP Emily Thornberry backs our Christmas hamper appeal

Islington MP backs our Christmas Hamper appeal

24 November, 2017 — By Emily Finch

WITH Christmas songs playing on the radio and the festive season truly upon us, Islington South MP Emily Thornberry has backed our annual hamper appeal aimed at making sure nobody is forgotten.

Now in its sixth year, the Tribune began its fundraising efforts because we know not everybody in our borough is looking forward to this special time of year as much as they should.

The festive season is perfect for nights catching up with friends and family, waiting for Santa and clinking glasses of mulled wine to the sound of carols.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Not for everybody.

Sadly, there are people living in our streets who have no invitation to the party.

We’re thinking of the elderly feeling isolated at home, some of whom face spending Christmas in an armchair with a blanket over their knees watching the telly alone. Their loved ones may have passed on and help seems so far away.

Then there are the struggling parents on the breadline who are not looking forward to Christmas at all. How must it feel to face the pressure of having to buy their children something special they can’t afford in the coming weeks?

We are also thinking of people who have gone through terrible hardship in the past 12 months, those neighbours we’ve reported on whose lives have been wrecked by floods and fires this year, for example.

Regular Tribune readers will have seen our recent articles on how elderly residents have died alone in their homes. The modern era of online connectivity is leaving the older generations

behind with neighbours less likely to speak to each other and check up on one another.

This is all happening in our communities, and that’s why we run the appeal.

The premise is simple: we collect as much money as we can from readers to pay for as many hampers as possible to be sent out to some of the people mentioned above.

“I’m very proud to support the Tribune’s sixth annual Christmas Hamper Appeal,” said Ms Thornberry.

“Loneliness is an increasingly serious problem in our society, and initiatives such as this show that if we all chip in and donate a little, we can make sure no one in our community feels left out at Christmas.

“Please donate this Christmas.”

Of course, a gift cannot bring back a loved one or put an expensive gift under the tree for a child

who has nothing, but it is a way of us all showing Islington that we care about our community, and that together we do not believe anybody should be left by the wayside.

Please help by donating anything – from 1p upwards – or by setting up a sponsored event to raise funds.

We will make sure everybody who takes part features in our coverage.

We are hoping to raise thousands of pounds so we can deliver as many as hampers as possible but we need your help. Let’s make it a record year! We know times are hard for everyone but please consider chipping in – no donation is too small.

A pub quiz, a bingo bonanza or a bowling competition – we would love to hear how you are fundraising for us. Remember, every event will make this Christmas special for someone.

We thank you for your generosity.


* You can donate online or with cheques to Camden Journal Hamper Fund, Camden New Journal, 40 Camden Road, London, NW1 9DR

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