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 more than 350 Christmas hampers to the City’s most vulnerable elderly residents and carers.
In December 2017, Age UK found that 873,000 older people have little or no contact with people over the Christmas period 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!”
Ms Kerr, local resident commented, "I am absolutely chuffed to bits, a really big thank you once again for the kind gift of the hamper. I turned 90 this year and it has really made my year."
Ms Stew, local resident said, "Thank you for the hamper, I thought it was delightful and I think for you to send it is even more delightful. Thank you once again, it was very kind for people who like me who are on their own."
We will be repeating this programme this year and hope to reach even more isolated and lonely older people. If you want to help, for example, by donating Christmas hampers, please get in touch with us.