Shoebox-size hampers appeal by Age UK team

Age UK East Riding is launching its annual Caring Christmas Appeal.

The charity is urging people throughout the Pocklington and district to get involved by donating a shoebox sized Christmas hamper.

The hampers will then be distributed just before Christmas to isolated and vulnerable older people in the local area.

Last year residents of the East Riding donated several hundred hampers which were distributed by Age UK East Riding staff, volunteers and community groups. The hampers are always very much appreciated by the older people who receive them.

One elderly resident said: “It was lovely to receive such a kind gift. The items will be very useful over Christmas and the New Year. It was nice to know that someone had made such an effort just for me.”

The shoeboxes should be filled with non-perishable food such as tins of soup, fish or fruit as well as items such as tea, coffee, biscuits and a luxury item (home-made food products and alcohol cannot be accepted). Food items must have a ‘use-by’ date of at least February 2016. It is lovely if a Christmas card with a festive greeting is also included as a personal greeting.

The box and lid should be wrapped separately with Christmas paper, or left unwrapped with a piece of wrapping paper enclosed.

The boxes should be delivered to the Age UK East Riding office at 16 North Bar Within, Beverley, HU17 8AX by Monday 7 December or may be taken to any Age UK shop in the East Riding.