MP spreads warmth with giv­ing mes­sage

Politi­cian’s Tues­day an ‘an­ti­dote’ to Black Fri­day

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alan Hayes alan.hayes@trin­i­tymir­

AFTER Black Fri­day comes Giv­ing Tues­day – at least if you are Nick Hurd.

The Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pin­ner MP was at Mount Ver­non Hos­pi­tal on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 2, to pro­mote the work of its Com­forts Fund, a vol­un­teer-run scheme which sells es­sen­tial items to pa­tients and then uses the money to buy hos­pi­tal equip­ment.

He toured the wards, meet­ing pa­tients, staff and vol­un­teers, as part of his adop­tion of the Giv­ing Tues­day mes­sage, de­signed as an an­ti­dote to the naked con­sumerism of Black Fri­day, when shops make heavy pre-Christ­mas dis­counts. This year’s events were marred by scenes of shop­pers fight­ing over con­sumer goods.

He then headed on to Age UK Hilling­don’s of­fices, in Church Road, Hayes, with a do­na­tion of win­ter coats for the char­ity’s Win­ter Warmth cam­paign, which aims to en­sure older peo­ple do not suf­fer be­cause of cold dur­ing the win­ter months.

Mr Hurd has cre­ated a ‘com­mu­nity giv­ing hub’ on his web­site, to mark this year’s Giv­ing Tues­day and to act as a clear­ing house for char­i­ties and vol­un­teers, putting them in touch with each other and let­ting the com­mu­nity know what the var­i­ous char­i­ties do – and what they re­quire.

Like Black

Fri­day, Giv­ing Tues­day is an Amer­i­can im­port, de­scribed as ‘a global day to cel­e­brate and en­cour­age gen­eros­ity’.

For the com­mu­nity giv­ing hub, go to http:// w w w. n i c k h u r d . c o m / vol­un­teer­ing

n COAT COL­LEC­TION: (Above) MP Nick Hurd (right) and Peter Okali, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Age UK Hilling­don, with do­na­tions; (be­low) the MP with Marie Burke, Jan Sut­ton and An­nette Gray at Mount Ver­non Hos­pi­tal Pho­tos by Clive Tagg www.buyapho­ NL201411296

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