Grateful pensioners say a big thank-you after record response to tins appeal
CHRISTMAS CHEER : Age UK Peterborough’s Alison Kaminski, Angela Allen and Christine Abbs with some of the food donated to the charity’s appeal.
THANK YOU messages to the “marvellous” people of Peterborough have poured in from pensioners facing Christmas alone or in poverty.
More individuals, schools and businesses than ever before have given a helping hand to hundreds of older people registered to receive charity food parcels from Age UK Peterborough.
Tins of soup, meat and fish, teabags and a packet of chocolate biscuits were the typical store cupboard gifts stockpiled during this year’s Age UK Peterborough Tins Appeal backed by the Evening Telegraph.
Donations from the public filled 450 shopping bags, all of which included a Christmas pudding as well as mince pies for the very first time in the appeal’s 25-year-history.
David Bache, chief executive of Age UK Peterborough, was amazed that, despite expecting the 2011 appeal to be their most difficult yet, more people than ever had been helped.
He said: “What thrills us most is the generosity of the individuals and communities and businesses in Peterborough that gave us enough goods to make deliveries for hundreds of people.
“I was in Hampton making deliveries myself on Monday and it was a joy to see so many older people who were so grateful for the Christmas gift.”
Grateful people who opened their door to the festive food parcels sent message of thanks to Age UK Peterborough this week, including Peter Jepson who called two Perkins’ apprentices who delivered his gift the nicest young men he had had the pleasure of meeting in a long time,
Vera Bean said: “Thank you very much. The contents are very much appreciated and having reached the mid-90s friends become less and less due to age and the thought that someone cares brings added pleasure to receiving.”
Veronica Donnison said: “This is a thank you note. What can I say? Surprise, surprise is totally inadequate. “Thank you, thank you, thank you to those responsible in every way.”
Aurea Pattrick said: “Many, many thanks for my wonderful bag of goodies. Everything is so useful and even a box of chocolates! I am so grateful for help at this time.”
Mrs Boughton said: “Thank you very very much for the wonderful parcel. Thanks to everyone who does such a marvellous job.”
Appeal coordinator Christine Abbs asked people at the start of the month to donate any spare items they had picked up in supermarkets in two-for-one offers.
Schools across the city rallied to her call, including Jack Hunt School, in Westwood, which toured the city delivering their food parcels inside Christmassy creations such as giant crackers, ski slopes and a traditional fire-side scene.
City businesses joined the push, with BGL Group making tin tours to vulnerable residents in south Peterborough in Aleksandr Orlov meerkat branded shopping bags.
Peterborough market traders ran a tins appeal grotto from decorated stalls in Bayard Place and secured a £20 donation from Tesco, in Broadway, which was used to bolster supplies of Christmas puds.
Mrs Abbs, who made the remain- ing deliveries on Friday, said any leftover tins would be find a good home at the Salvation Army, in Lincoln Road.
She said: “All the staff at Age UK Peterborough would like to pass on their heartfelt thanks for the contributions in donations and time given by individuals and businesses in Peterborough, which has enabled us to bring such pleasure to so many older people in Peterborough.
“Without all those who helped we could not have done it.”
FOOD AID: Age UK Peterborough’s (from left) Alison Kaminski, Angela Allen and Christine Abbs with some of their tins and foods donated by individuals and businesses for those people who face Christmas alone
Mr Foster, pictured left, and Mr Thurlow receiving donated tins.