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East End Community Foundation
East End Community Foundation
Elders Christmas Food Bag Appeal 2019

Elders Christmas Food Bag Appeal 2019

Why we need your help

Christmas is a time for family and feasting, but many elderly people spend the festive season feeling lonely or isolated; they might have been recently widowed, have family that live far away, or simply be too vulnerable through ill health to see friends from week to week. 

Bringing festive cheer to isolated older people 

With the support of friendly corporate volunteers East End Community Foundation distribute gifts to local elderly people across Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets, bringing festive cheer to day centres and sheltered accommodation.

We give each person a bag full of everyday food items and a few extra luxuries to help them enjoy the Christmas holidays and provide special gift packages for people living with dementia. Our volunteers take the time to sit down with local residents and listen to their stories, something the elders really appreciate.

With support from local people, local companies and their staff we delivered over 1,000 bags to vulnerable elders living in East London last year. With your help we can do even more this year.

How can I help? 

Just £23.75 is enough cover the cost of purchasing, packing and distributing a bag of essentials, including tinned soup and vegetables as well as a sweet Christmas treat. Make a donation today and give a gift to a local elderly person this Christmas.

Through the Gift Aid scheme, you could also boost your donation by 25p for every £1 you donate - if you are a UK taxpayer, EECF can claim an extra 25% back from the government without it costing you a penny extra.

The importance of tackling loneliness and isolation

According to national statistics, 3 in every 10 people aged over 80 report being lonely and people aged 80 and over are twice as likely to report feeling lonely than those aged 79 or younger. A recent Age UK survey also revealed nearly 1 in every 2 older people say television is their main form of company.

Social isolation and loneliness impact upon quality of life and wellbeing and have an adverse effect on health. Older people are particularly vulnerable due to factors such as bereavement, ill health and lack of mobility. 

The East End has the smallest proportion of elderly residents in Great Britain but the greatest proportion of older people living in income deprivation. In Tower Hamlets 1 in every 2 older people is income deprived and in Hackney and Newham almost 1 in every 3.

The contrast is a real concern as having a low income can contribute towards social isolation. Elderly people living here may not be able to afford to take part in social activities or have to prioritise spending their limited income on needs associated with increased ill health.

Get your company involved

If your company would like to raise money to support our Christmas Food Bags Appeal or take part in our corporate volunteering opportunities please contact: Suzannah.Wade@eastendcf.org for more information.

1,096.25

raised so far

1096.25
 This campaign is now closed, and no longer accepting donations.

How you can support us

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Supporters

Dec 19, 2019

Asset Serv Team

100.00
(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Dec 17, 2019

Francesca

47.50
(plus 11.88 giftaid)

Dec 16, 2019

Anonymous


Dec 16, 2019

Natalie Marcus

23.75
(plus 5.94 giftaid)

Dec 13, 2019

AV CWCL

47.50
(plus 11.88 giftaid)

Dec 11, 2019

Andrew Douglas

47.50
(plus 11.88 giftaid)

Dec 11, 2019

Anonymous

23.75
(plus 5.94 giftaid)

Dec 11, 2019

Anonymous

23.75
(plus 5.94 giftaid)

Dec 10, 2019

Chris

47.50
(plus 11.88 giftaid)

Dec 05, 2019

Anonymous

Christmas - a time to remember and to help

23.75
(plus 5.94 giftaid)

Total raised so far

1,096.25

Total plus Gift Aid 1,370.40

Direct donations

1,096.25

Raised offline 0.00

Fundraising pages

0.00

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