Loneliness and isolation is a huge difficulty for many of the 19,000 residents aged over 60 in Hammersmith & Fulham. More than half of these residents have a long-term health problem or disability, 25 per cent live in poverty and 43 per cent live alone.
Local charity UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham is asking residents to help pay for a hot Christmas lunch or gift bag for a lonely or isolated older neighbour this year.
The initiative is part of the larger Big H&F Community Christmas – in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council – to ensure that no-one in the borough is left out.
“Thank you to the residents, businesses and charities who are backing the Big H&F Community Christmas to ensure that no-one in our borough is left out,” said Cllr Ben Coleman, H&F Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.
“Please donate towards giving older people who’ll be alone at Christmas a great Christmas Day lunch.”
The target is £16,000 in one week
Any donation made on the Big Give portal from 1 to 8 December will be matched by the McGrath Charitable Trust until the first £4,875. Anything above this is still welcomed for lunches and other services throughout the winter.
- £200: could pay for 25 older isolated people to be checked in on by a friendly e-Cargo bike lunch delivery rider on 25 December – in rain, snow or shine
- £100: could pay for five shielding older people’s hot meals as they struggle with high risk health conditions
- £40: could pay for a single older person’s hot Christmas lunch, complete with a gift bag and delivery to their door
- £20: could pay for a hot Christmas lunch to be prepared by a local community chef
- £5: could pay for a festive themed gift bag safely delivered to an older person.
Want to give a larger amount?
- You can give more via BACS. Email email@example.com for bank details, and please send a completed Gift Aid form if you are a UK taxpayer, too.
- Make a gift via CAF Bank. Send this to ‘UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham’ with reference ‘Warmer Together: H&F Big Christmas Lunch’. Let us know at the email above so we know what is coming.
- If you’re a local business, make a company gift to the campaign, letting us know at the above email how you’d like to do this and if you’d like a receipt.
Want to find out more about the Big Give? Email Savraj Kaur, executive director of UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Part of the Big H&F Community Christmas.
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