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East End angel seeks Christmas samaritans

PUBLISHED: 15:33 06 December 2006 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2010

AN APPEAL for Christmas volunteers to keep an eye on lonely pensioners has been made this week by the East End s own Angel of Mercy. Many older folk and others find the yuletide season of good will a sad and lonely time in Tower Hamlets, often because

AN APPEAL for 'Christmas volunteers' to keep an eye on lonely pensioners has been made this week by the East End's own Angel of Mercy.

Many older folk and others find the yuletide 'season of good will' a sad and lonely time in Tower Hamlets, often because they are now alone or maybe in poor health. Many are unable to go out or do not wish to.

Volunteers from 'Neighbours In Poplar' - a voluntary community organisation set up three-and-a-half decades ago and run by Sister Christine Frost - bring a fresh, hot meal with all the seasonal trimmings to lonely folk each year on Christmas Day. They do the same on Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Last year more than 300 meals were cooked and delivered by volunteers on foot or in cars. Many family groups came and delivered as a family.

Everyone is given the names and addresses of the recipient. Names come from people themselves, from neighbours or friends, social workers, doctors, police or outreach workers.

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