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16 November, 2019

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching – in fact six weeks today, it will all be over. Santa will have been, turkey dinners will have been polished off, all the presents will be ripped open and, just like last year, you won’t want to look at another mince pie. While so many enjoy the excitement building and the party season ahead, not everybody is feeling so festive.

The New Journal, over the year, does not sugar-coat life in Camden and we know that sometimes our stories and campaigns can make depressing reading. We know there is hardship out there, people are struggling to get by.

These are hard times, and if you have nobody to share life with or the money to enjoy it, Christmas can be no fun at all. The winter celebration can just add to the strain.

Thankfully, our big-hearted readers have always done their bit to show that this is a community that cares. And this year we ask for your help again, to make Christmas special for those who can’t afford to play Father Christmas or lay a spread on the kitchen table like the feasts you see on the super­market television adverts.

We are collecting now to pay for special hampers to be delivered in the days before Christmas to the elderly who live on their own and families who have been through hardship this year.


This is our Christmas Hamper Appeal, a collection in which even a little goes a long way. We know everybody is feeling the pinch but even the smallest donation is a way of helping your neighbours. Kindness and generosity, after all, is what the season is all about.

As well as your donations, perhaps your school, social or sports club, choir or workplace would like to help us? If you have a fundraising idea in mind – or simply want to have a whip-round with your colleagues, and make us the benefactors perhaps of a Secret Santa game, please let us know.

Every contribution, big or small, helps towards making someone in need know that others are out there and are looking out for them. And we will make sure we write about everybody who comes up with a fundraising idea in the coming weeks. Email editorial@camdennew


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