Grate­ful pen­sion­ers say a big thank-you af­ter record re­sponse to tins ap­peal

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By KELLY PIPES news@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

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.


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