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October 2018

The HPC Christmas Hamper Scheme – 2018

Rosemary Loyd

For the fifth year in the row, we plan to launch our appeal next month (Sunday, 4th November) for financial contributions towards Christmas hampers in support of AgeUK’s NW3 Good Neighbours Scheme. Last year the scheme’s volunteers delivered forty baskets to lonely, elderly and frail people within our community, many of whom are housebound with chronic health problems and with few visitors, and so at risk of being overlooked in the festive season.

Each basket, wrapped with cellophane and ribbon, was filled with Traidcraft food items, sugar-free biscuits, dates, soup, mint chocolates, a pen and handmade notebook, hand cream, lip salve, toothbrush and toothpaste, face flannel, tissues, knitted fingerless gloves, 2 crackers and a signed Christmas card. These were warmly received within our community, and HPC received grateful messages from people surprised at being remembered.

We plan to prepare and pack forty similar baskets again this year, but with a
different knitting project. We have been asked to knit spectacle cases! Judy East has been doing a pilot scheme, and is happy to advise if need be.

If you would like to support this scheme, your contribution can pay for a whole hamper (£20), half a hamper (£10) or a quarter hamper (£5).

The date for assembling the baskets is Wednesday, November 28th, in the Crypt at 9.30 a.m. Please feel free to come and join in this busy, fun event.

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