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Together, we can make this Christmas a season of joy for all

The Islington Tribune launches its Xmas hamper appeal

09 November, 2018

THE cold weather is already setting in, and soon it will be here: Christmas.

It’s a special time of year, perfect for evenings spent munching chocolates with friends and family, waiting for more food to arrive while clinking mugs of mulled wine. Sounds good? Well, if you’re lucky. Not everyone is.

Sadly, there are people in our neighbourhood who have no invitation to join the cheer. There are parents struggling to find enough money to place gifts under the tree for their children.

As the never-ending Christmas adverts start, they feel a twinge of guilt that they won’t be able to mimic the perfect families on the telly.

The devastating truth is that official statistics show Islington is one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. We are thinking of people who have gone through terrible hardship in the past 12 months: we’ve reported on neighbours whose lives have been wrecked by floods and fires.

We are also deeply aware of elderly people feeling isolated at home, some of whom face spending Christmas in a cold room with a blanket over their knees watching television. Their loved ones may have passed on and no one seems to care.

This is all happening in our communities, which is why every year we organise our Hamper Appeal.

The idea is simple: we collect as much money as possible then buy hampers to be sent to deserving people. Of course, a gift cannot make everything perfect, but it is a way of showing that we care about our community, and that together we do not believe anybody should be left alone this Christmas.

Please help by donating or by organising a spons­ored event to raise funds. We will make sure everybody who takes part features in our coverage.

To help, you can donate above or send cheques payable to ‘Islington Tribune Hamper Fund’) to Islington Tribune Hamper Fund 40 Camden Road NW1 9DR

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