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PE­SACH is a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult time for Sarah, a mother of four from north­west Lon­don.

Be­cause of her cir­cum­stances, she is not in a po­si­tion to hold down a full-time job. “I don’t get any sup­port apart from the char­i­ties that have helped me — and my ben­e­fits,” she says.

Although she is aided by the Gift food char­ity through­out the year – re­ceiv­ing a voucher for a kosher chicken ev­ery week, for ex­am­ple — Gift has sup­plied fur­ther as­sis­tance to help her get through Pe­sach.

“Keep­ing kosher gen­er­ally I find very dif­fi­cult,” she ex­plains.

“But Pe­sach is even more ex­pen­sive. The whole kitchen needs to be changed over — it’s just crip­pling, re­ally. You can’t even get your head around it.

“It’s so hard be­cause there’s al­ways so much go­ing on with the kids, the bills...

“Gift have been amazing. They do as much as they can to help people like me and my fam­ily.

“They’ve given me some money to help change over [for Pe­sach], which I wouldn’t other­wise be able to do.” Gift’s sup­port was funded from money from a Purim col­lec­tion.

Sarah main­tains that keep­ing kosher is im­por­tant to her. “You know what? I be­lieve in the tra­di­tion.

If I don’t hold on to that and what I’ve been brought up with and what my chil­dren see at school… It’s not just the rules, it’s a way of life.”

Fri­day night with her chil­dren is spe­cial. “When you don’t have much else, at least you can have that.”

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