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Caring Christmas - helping to make a difference

Wakefield Express Caring Christmas campaign.
Pictured: Don Ward - past president Wakefield Chantry, Mrs Thora Porter from Crofton, Carol Eaton - Age UK Wakefield District and Neil Clark - Wakefield Rotary & Chairman of the Community Committee.
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Wakefield Express Caring Christmas campaign. Pictured: Don Ward - past president Wakefield Chantry, Mrs Thora Porter from Crofton, Carol Eaton - Age UK Wakefield District and Neil Clark - Wakefield Rotary & Chairman of the Community Committee. w301b353

Christmas cheer was spread around the city when food hampers packed full of seasonal treats were delivered to deserving pensioners.

Our readers nominated more than 40 elderly people to receive an extra special present during our annual Caring Christmas appeal run by the Express, Age UK Wakefield District and the city’s rotary clubs.

Thora Porter, 92, of Crofton, was nominated by her daughter Judith Bathurst.

Mrs Porter said: “The hamper is lovely. Thank you very much.”

Each contained store cupboard staples and a range of festive goodies.

Carol Eaton, social contact scheme coordinator at Age UK Wakefield District, said: “In the parcels there was a tin of soup, potatoes, carrots, mixed vegetables, chicken in white wine sauce.

“There was a Christmas pudding and a tin of custard. There was plenty in there to keep anyone going over the Christmas period.”

Morrisons in The Ridings also donated mince pies for the hampers.

Mrs Eaton added: “After the deliveries I had a phone call from one lady who got quite emotional. She explained how her husband died 50 years ago and she had two boys to bring up, she said the rotary at the time gave her a food parcel which meant a great deal to her. It is nice to know you have made a difference to some ones life.”

Neale Clark, chairman of the Rotary Club of Wakefield’s community committee, helped to deliver the hampers on Friday.

He said: “Most of the people said they felt it was an absolute godsend at this time of year when they are finding it very difficult to make ends meet.”

John Bradley, community service chairman of the Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry, added: “We are happy to continue to support Caring Christmas because we know what a difference it can make.”

Wakefield Express editor Mark Bradley thanked everyone who supported the appeal. He said: “Their generosity helped to make this Christmas a little bit more happier for some very deserving people.”

The Wakefield district branch of age uk

It offers a range of services to help older people including befriending, advocacy, exercise groups, computer classes, bereavement support and home shopping services.

- Call 01977 552114

- Log on to www.ageuk.org.uk/wakefielddistrict

 
 
 

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