United in Hammersmith and Fulham

Warmer Together: The Big H&F Community Christmas Lunch

Loneliness and isolation is a huge difficulty for many of 19000 residents aged over 65 in Hammersmith & Fulham. Over half have a long-term health problem or disability, 25% live in poverty, 43% live alone. We will provide vital funds for Christmas lunches delivered to doors and to help cope in the colder months

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1187649)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£9,750

Amount raised

£10,185

Donations

105

    Category

  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief

    Helping

  • Older PeopleOlder People

Location

United Kingdom

  • "I usually attend the meal at the town hall because I live alone, but this year it's so different. It makes me so happy to know someone is still looking out of us, it's something to look forward to."

    — 70-year old blind H&F resident

  • “Please can you donate towards giving older people who’ll be alone at Christmas a great Christmas Day lunch? Thank you to the residents, businesses and charities who are backing the Big H&F Community Christmas to ensure that no-one in our borough is left out.”

    — Ben Coleman, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, H&F Council

  • “This week, one donation can have twice the impact. We are proud to be part of a compassionate community and to be matching funds for older people in H&F this Christmas.”

    — The McGrath Charitable Trust

Situation

Of the 19,000 residents aged over 65 in Hammersmith & Fulham, over half have a long-term health problem or disability. 25% live in poverty. 43% live alone. Many struggle to keep well and prevent the risk of sickness (including dehydration from over-heating), struggle to pay their bills as the need for fuel increases (sometimes even choosing between 'heating' and 'eating'), and many lack connectivity, leaving them isolated and more vulnerable. These challenges are exacerbated by the pandemic.

Solution

We will be a funding lifeline to enable local services to stay active this winter, and ensure those on the fringes in our neighbourhood receive vital extra support they need in the colder months. Last year this was piloted and we helped 278 people, including 69 year-old 'David' who is blind and had a Christmas meal: “I live alone and often don’t meet anyone for days. To be able to socialise and have such a lovely meal financed brings joy to my life” With Big Give we can do more.