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Christmas hamper deliveries bring festive cheer to Westminster residents

Cllr Acton delivered hampers

Published: 23 December 2021

With the support of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, Age UK, and other local charities, Westminster Connects and housing volunteers have been out delivering hundreds of festive hampers to Westminster residents.

Christmas can be a difficult time for many and with Covid-19 disruptions to the festive season, this may leave more vulnerable residents at risk of isolation. In partnership with the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, South Westminster BID, Age UK, housing contractors and other local charities, Westminster Connects volunteers and housing volunteers have been able to spread festive cheer to those vulnerable residents across the city.

The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, a Westminster-based charity committed to tackling elderly isolation and loneliness, alongside the South Westminster BID, have donated 700 Christmas hampers across the city. With the support of Westminster Connects volunteers and Cllr Christabel Flight, Deputy Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, these hampers have been delivered to residents living in sheltered accommodation this week.

Cllr Flight, Westminster Connects and Sir Simon Milton Foundation volunteers
Lord Mayor of Westminster
Cllr David Harvey and Neil Wightman delivered hampers to housing residents

Cllr Flight and council staff also dropped off hampers at care homes across Westminster. That wasn’t the only festive cheer they delivered to residents, they were joined by singer, Lucy Clark who entertained the residents and staff.

The hampers are packed full of festive treats, including handmade mince pies, fruit cakes, shortbread biscuits and hot chocolate.

Westminster housing team have also delivered 1,000 hampers across the city as well as many other residents living in sheltered accommodation.

The festive boxes were delivered by volunteers from the housing team plus Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Housing Services, Debbie Jackson, Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing and Neil Wightman, Director of Housing.

Age UK Westminster have donated 400 hampers which have been delivered to older residents across the city. Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Andrew Smith, was on hand to help pack the festive treats and deliver them to residents alongside other volunteers this week.

The hampers include Halcyon Day coffee mugs, chocolates, soap, Christmas cards, puzzle books and some groceries to replace a traditional Christmas meal. 

Matthew Sykes, Chief Executive of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation said:

We have been giving hampers to some of the most lonely and isolated older citizens of Westminster every Christmas for many years.  And this year once again we are delighted to be partnering with Westminster City Council and their wonderful volunteers to deliver them.  For many this is not a season of joy and happiness and facing the pandemic for a second year has made it harder still.  We hope that these gifts will lift their spirits and show them they are not alone.