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Thanks to our hamper appeal, MP Emily Thornberry delivers lots of festive cheer

Tribune readers raise thousands of pounds to help us send out special boxes chock-full of goodies

05 January, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Emily Thornberry with Gordon Warrell

THERE were wide smiles as Islington South MP Emily Thornberry helped deliver festive hampers fundraised by you, our readers.

Christmas is a difficult time for a lot of people in the borough with all savings going into gifts for the family and elaborate lunches. But with your help we raised thousands of pounds and distributed dozens of hampers to those who have had a tough year. Life-long Finsbury resident Gordon Warrell was the first recipient of a hamper during our evening delivery as Ms Thornberry surprised him with a box chock-full of goodies which included a gourmet Christmas pudding.

A self-confessed fan of the shadow foreign secretary, who he has known for more than 10 years, the 82-year-old fondly told her: “You’re catching me up in age, Emily.”

Of the hamper delivery Mr Warrell said: “I was very surprised and it cheered me up. It wasn’t such a good year for me. I was robbed by someone at the end of 2016 and attacked. My brother also passed away from Parkinson’s disease in September. I like the chutney in the hamper as my brother’s nickname was Chutney.”

Ms Thornberry with Sandra O’Neill and her nine-year-old daughter, Teresa, centre

Ms Thornberry was given a tour of Mr Warrell’s flat, where she admired all of his festive decorations alongside the view from his balcony which overlooks the changing landscape of Old Street roundabout.

The next delivery was to King’s Cross resident Sandra O’Neill and her nine-year-old daughter Teresa.

“It’s good getting this hamper. I wasn’t in a Christmassy mood. I’ve got a sister coming down and I bought a frozen turkey from Iceland,” said Ms O’Neill.

At the Tribune we’ve delivered many more hampers and recipients had a common message to those who have given money to the appeal: “Thank you very much.”

After returning to her Barnsbury constituency office following the deliveries, Ms Thornberry wished all readers a happy New Year.

She said: “I look forward to the new year and what I’m going to try to do is be a bit kinder to myself, and I hope other people do that too.

“Times are hard and we’ve got to stick together – if we do that it will be a good new year.”

Thank you to…

Karen Williamson, Juliet Payne, Claire Masters, Joyce Davidson, Martin Gadgil, Selina Hastings, Catriona MacColl, Beatrice Moresmausen, Tim Maby, Philip Baker, Howard Piper, H Phillips, Sarah Cowthra, Johan Guiheneuf, C Thorne, N Ayra, Joan Chaplin, David Pannepacker, Mitsue Finch, Yukie Fernandes, Kenichiro Urata, Kayoko Hoy, David Poyser, Junko Hashimoto, Chris Roe, Cllr Richard Greening, Siobhan Dennehy, Susan Seymour, Tobias Wood, Nicholas Payn, Adrienne Roche, Elizabeth Dormandy, Trevore O’Farrell, Julia Reimer, Helen Jefferson-Brown, M Koval, A Aida, Melanie van Dalen, Beth Noakes, Francis von Hofmannsthal, John Gatenby, Susan Lowenthal, Miss G Hall, Mrs GFY Jis-Walker, Mr R Clay, Mr P Richards, Dr P Ogden, Ms F Borzello, TE Beeston, Miss B Kirk, Mr A Barrett.


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