Help give hampers to the elderly this Christmas time

Caring Christmas delivery to Mary Homer. With L-R  Carol Eaton, Age Concern Wakefield District:Martin Chalcraft, president of Chantry Rotary club:William Smith, president of Rotary Club of Wakefield and Mark Bradley
Caring Christmas delivery to Mary Homer. With L-R Carol Eaton, Age Concern Wakefield District:Martin Chalcraft, president of Chantry Rotary club:William Smith, president of Rotary Club of Wakefield and Mark Bradley

Loneliness and hunger is not what most people associate with Christmas, but it’s the reality for many elderly people who have little to be joyful about at this time of year through no fault of their own.

While some have no family to keep them company or make sure they’re OK, others are struggling to pay bills and put food on the table because of the devastating effects of the recession.

That’s why the Express is once again teaming up with the rotary clubs of the area, and Age UK Wakefield District, with its Caring Christmas campaign – to spread Christmas cheer and deliver much-needed provisions to some of these homes.

The appeal provides festive hampers packed full of goodies to pensioners nominated by you.

We want to hear from you if you know of a deserving elderly person who is struggling to make ends meet, or has no one to turn to for company or help.

All you have to do is fill in the form below and send it to us by the deadline day of Wednesday, December 6.

You can also hand in any donations of food or cash to our reception desk.

Wakefield Express editor Mark Bradley said: “We are pleased to be working with our partners once again this year to provide some Christmas cheer for the most needy in our neighbourhoods. There is no doubt that whatever the politicians might claim, this Christmas may well be one of the toughest on record.

“The generosity of the rotary clubs, and the efforts of Age UK Wakefield District’s members, do bring a ray of sunshine into people’s lives - I know this from having delivered many of these hampers to people’s homes in the past.

“Nominate someone, and we’ll do our best to make their Christmas a happier one.”

For more information, or to offer to help in any way, contact Julie Marshall on 01924 433013.

Send nominations to Caring Christmas, Wakefield Express, First Floor, Bullring House, 23 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3BJ.