Loxleys Christmas hampers for the elderly
Published: 15th December 2018 | By: Admin
This is the second year we've put together our festive hampers. They include a selection of treats and ingredients including soups, tinned steak, salmon and veg, tea, coffee, cream and chocolates, as well as a personalised note from the Loxleys team, who spend their breaks putting them together.
We pass the hampers to Warwickshire County Council's Adult Social Care Team who distribute them to those in need.
Stratford isn't the only place where elderly people find themselves alone over the festive season. Last year Age UK warned that across the country nearly a million people over the age of 65 were set to spend Christmas alone.
Jonathan Lea, General Manager at Loxleys, said: "For most of us, Christmas is full of fun, family and festive celebrations. But for some people it's incredibly lonely.
"We started our hamper idea as a way of spreading some of the Christmas cheer we see in Loxleys throughout December with those who might otherwise miss out.
"For privacy and data protection reasons we don't actually get to know who specifically receive our hampers but we're safe in the knowledge that they are going to a good home distributed by social services."
"Last year we received a lovely note from one of the recipients thanking the Loxleys team and telling us how receiving a hamper lit up their day.
"As a local independent business we always try to put a little back into the local community. It gives us great pleasure to supply our hampers with the entire Loxleys team getting involved in the packing process."
Warwickshire County Councillor, Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health and Social Care, added: "This is wonderful example of true community spirit and we are pleased to be working with Loxleys to deliver the hampers to local people in need. The hampers and the kindness behind the gesture will certainly bring some much needed joy to a number of our most vulnerable Stratford residents.
"Christmas is traditionally a time for giving, for thinking of others, and reaching out, so I encourage everyone to find small ways to help others in their communities and spread some festive cheer. Together we can make a difference."