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October 2019

The HPC Christmas Hamper Scheme - 2019

Rosemary Loyd

We plan to launch our annual hamper appeal next month (Sunday, 3rd 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, 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.

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 27th, in the Crypt, from 9.30 a.m. Please feel free to come and join in this busy, fun event.

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