Posted: 31/01/19 by MHA Live at Home Northampton
Operation Shortbread was started a few years ago by Audrey, Live at Home Northampton’s vice chair, who would buy tins of shortbread and a Christmas card for all members who were unable to leave their homes in December. For 2018 they wanted to make this bigger and better, so decided to put together hampers of goodies which would be hand delivered to the homes of members who struggle to leave their homes, and also they would put together gift bags for all members attending any activity in December.
Louise, Live at Home Northampton’s community fundraiser, reached out to local businesses and councillors to make this happen. Supporters included councillors Tim Hadland and Brian Markham, Carlsberg, Michael Jones Jeweller, Waitrose & partners Kingsthorpe, Rotary Club of Northampton Becket, Northampton 80 Lions Club and Morrisons. Through donations of staff time and money, as well as the set up of product donation stations, they managed to achieve their targets and reach even further then planned.
MHA Live at Home Northampton were overwhelmed with the kindness of the community in Northampton and managed to make a further 89 small gift bags delivered to other local organisations supporting older people in the community. So including the 56 hand delivered hampers, 83 large gift bags given to members, Operation Shortbread 2018 reached 228 older people living in Northampton, many of whom live alone.
They’ve had some lovely messages of thanks: “Sorry I can’t be with you anymore I do miss coming to lunch club, most of all thank you very, very much for the really wonderful gift. I was speechless (and that’s unusual for me) and shed a tear. It was so kind of you to remember me and I really appreciate it.”
At the MHA Live at Home Scheme Northampton, they provide social activities and a volunteer befriending service to older people living in Northampton throughout the year and understand how difficult and lonely the Winter months can be for them. They hope Operation Shortbread 2018 has shown the older community there were lots of people thinking about them at Christmas.
They are looking forward to what Operation Shortbread 2019 may have in store. If you would like more information or maybe are interested in supporting MHA Live at Home Scheme Northampton, please contact Louise Preedy - email@example.com or 01604 721 772.
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