Newham

Christmas hampers cheer for older residents

18 December 2017 in Community neighbourhoods and Mayor
More than 3,000 older residents have received some seasonal cheer after receiving Christmas hampers from Newham Council.
Mayor Sir Robin Wales and Cllrs Ken Clark, Forhad Hussain, Idris Ibrahim, Mas Patel and Hanif Abdulmuhit
Now in its fourth year, the hamper initiative is led by the council’s eight community neighbourhood teams who bring residents together throughout the year with different activities and events. 

Over the past few weeks people aged 70 and over who live alone and are on low incomes have received hampers packed with a range of treats for the festive season as well as essentials including tea, coffee, jam, biscuits, soup and tinned vegetables.

Many of the hampers have been delivered by staff from the community neighbourhood teams supported by local councillors and volunteers. Others have been handed out at festive events staged by the neighbourhood teams.

Beckton resident Kikelomo Adegynle, 76, received her hamper from Mayor Sir Robin Wales, Deputy Mayor (Statutory) Ken Clark, Cabinet member for community neighbourhoods, and councillors, during a Christmas lunch celebration at Newham Town Hall in East Ham on Monday (18 December). 

The hampers have been sponsored by the Aspers Casino Good Causes Fund, London City Airport, the Lyle’s Local Fund, Serco, Tesco, and activeNewham. 

Sir Robin said: “Christmas is a time of giving and thinking about others. Our hampers programme captures the very essence of the season as it spreads joy to some of the most vulnerable people across the borough.”

Cllr Clark added: “This is the fourth year of this initiative and I am delighted that like every other year it has been extremely popular. It has been so heart warming meeting some of those receiving the hampers.

“The project has once again been made possible thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors and support from our community neighbourhood teams and volunteers. It is a shining example of partnership working to support those most in need in our community.”

For more information about the council’s community neighbourhood teams visit www.newham.gov.uk/communityneighbourhoods or download the free What’s On in Newham app.