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Thousands of Newham’s older residents receive Christmas hampers

PUBLISHED: 17:31 18 December 2017

Kikelomo Adegynle receives a hamper from Cllr Ken Clark and Sir Robin Wales Picture: Andrew Baker

Kikelomo Adegynle receives a hamper from Cllr Ken Clark and Sir Robin Wales Picture: Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

More than 3,000 of the borough’s older residents have received a Christmas hamper from Newham Council.

The scheme, now in its fourth year, sees people aged 70 and over who live alone and are on low incomes receive a hamper packed with festive treats as well as essentials including tea, coffee, soup and tinned vegetables.

The hampers have been sponsored by charitable funds and businesses in the borough and were handed out by staff from the council’s community neighbourhood teams.

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales said:“Christmas is a time of giving and thinking about others. Our hampers programme captures the very essence of the season as it spreads joy to some of the most vulnerable people across the borough.”

Deputy mayor Cllr Ken Clark added: “It is a shining example of partnership working to support those most in need in our community.”

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