First Christmas appeal under way by Neighbours in Poplar's Sister Christine
PUBLISHED: 11:04 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:04 07 November 2016
The first request for a Christmas meal has been received at the start of this year's Neighbours in Poplar appeal organised in London's deprived East End by Sister Christine Frost.
A community mental health nurse made the request on behalf of one of the elderly people she visits on her round in Millwall who is spending Christmas alone.
Sister Christine, who started her Neighbours in Poplar charity 45 years ago, aims to deliver meals to vulnerable people living alone over the festive period.
Volunteers organise collections from companies in nearby Canary Wharf and distribute food and gifts to pensioners and others living alone.
They also run community dinners at the St Mathias centre in Poplar High Street.
The project last year held six community parties for the elderly and provided 45 grocery parcels for pensioners, 30 grocery parcels for families, 70 turkeys for families in need, 70 toys for children, 391 hot festive meals cooked and delivered between Christmas Day and New Year’s day, as well as opening a resting place along with a hot meal for nearly 20 homeless people on New Year’s Day.
Sister Christine, a member of the Faithful Companions of Jesus, is appealing this year for good neighbours to keep an eye on any vulnerable person who may be spending Christmas Day and Boxing Day alone without a hot, seasonal meal.