Four years ago, the Sir Simon Milton Foundation started a programme to give Christmas hampers to some of the most disadvantaged older people in Westminster. Thanks to the generosity of the Berkeley Foundation, last year we were able to deliver 370 Christmas hampers to the City’s most vulnerable elderly residents.
In November 2015, Age UK announced that more than 300,000 elderly people would spend Christmas alone so this generous donation could not have come at a better time. The impact of this small gift is best expressed in some of the many moving messages of thanks from the recipients and their carers:
Keith, a resident of Pimlico, said “It’s a wonderful gift and very nice to be thought of at Christmas.”
Rose, from the Pullen Day Centre, said “These came from people who have never met us before? How kind they are!”
We will be repeating this programme this year and hope to reward some of the carers too. If you want to help, for example, by donating Christmas hampers, please get in touch with us.