St Mary's Centre
Bernard Hall, Cuddington
By Haddenham Webteam - 8th October 2013 5:45pm
Waitrose has announced that it is launching a major new initiative to help support elderly, homeless and vulnerable people in the community this Christmas.
The retailer, which has a local branch in Thame, will help provide Christmas lunch events for people who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas day.
Waitrose is asking organisers of local Christmas dinner events to get in touch with their local Waitrose shop, where they can apply for support from the retailer. The deadline for requests is 15th November
With more than three quarters of a million Brits over 65 saying they always or often feel lonely* the support is aimed at cutting these numbers at what for many others is the most sociable time of the year.
The drive will see:
- Every Waitrose shop supporting community Christmas lunch events — offering food, money and other resources
- Hundreds of Waitrose volunteering hours being offered for Waitrose Partners to help plan events (while being fully paid by Waitrose)
- Waitrose asking its customers to think of people in their community who might be lonely this Christmas and make small actions that might make a big difference
Each of the retailer's 300 shops has an allocation of money and volunteering time to put towards community Christmas dinner events.
Waitrose is asking groups to apply for this support from their local branch if they are already organising — or thinking of organising — such a lunch.
Says Waitrose Community Manager Tina Varns: "Through our Community Matters initiative (green tokens) our shops have been able to support such incredible work going on in communities across the country over the last five years — and we've learned first-hand how vital this kind of support is at providing lifelines to vulnerable people. This new Isolation Campaign will complement the great work our shops are already doing in their local communities — and we're excited about the difference it will make to so many people."
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Haddenham Medical Centre has a Patient Participation Group (PPG) which seeks to play a significant role in providing helpful feedback and offering practical help and support to the practice, helping to raise standards of care locally and influencing the provision of wider health-related services via the Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group...
Turn End Trust, set up to care for the house at Turn End and its listed garden in Haddenham, has announced its programme of events for 2019.The season begins with Inside/Outside — in conversation with Turn End's creator Peter Aldington (Saturday 13th April 2019). Peter, an architect and plantsman, renowned for his ethos of linking building to landscape, house to garden, inside to...
A chamber music concert in aid of the Haddenham Syrian Family Project will take place in St Mary's Church on Sunday 3rd March in aid of the Haddenham Syrian Family Project. The concert will begin at 7.00pmIt will feature the internationally acclaimed flautist, Wissam Boustany, with his pianist Alexander Szram alongside a line-up of distinguished artists from Haddenham including Simon Over...