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Record amounts of Christmas cheer!

The Beverley-based charity Age UK East Riding has enjoyed a record response to its Caring Christmas Appeal and, as a result, this month distributed 411 Christmas hampers to older people across the county who were perhaps facing Christmas alone. The charity, based in North Bar Within, asked people to donate a shoebox sized hamper containing food and some luxury items.

Charity co-ordinator Alan Precious told Beverley FM: “Yet again we had an overwhelming response. For many the very thought that people care, want to show that they have not forgotten that Christmas can be a difficult time for so many, is heart-warming and gratefully received by those who benefit from the kindness and goodwill shown.”

He continued: “We have also seen a very positive increase in the numbers of people who are applying to join us a volunteer visitors/ befrienders this year and this too shows that local people will step forward when they see that people need help.”