Race to bring Christmas cheer to families

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Our staff and dedicated volunteers faced a race against time this week to bring much-needed food and toy hampers to hundreds of Thamesmead families before London entered Tier 3 lockdown.


Our annual Thamesmead Christmas Appeal had to fast-track the delivery of 196 food and 175 gift hampers when on Monday Greenwich Council revealed plans to close schools, quickly followed by the government’s decision to move the capital into Tier 3.


The team had planned to deliver the hampers via local schools later this week, but the new developments meant they had to distribute more than 400 packages in just one afternoon. This was alongside 35 other households who benefitted from Peabody’s central Christmas appeal.


Peabody’s Communities Facilities Manager in Thamesmead, Fiona Hamilton, said: “The demand for hampers this year has been greater than ever because of the impact of Covid.


“Our corporate partners, local businesses, community groups and residents all rose to the challenge and were more generous than ever, despite often facing tough times themselves.


“Monday’s announcements meant we had to bring everything forward at very short notice. Local schools responded brilliantly to the sudden change and were able to help co-ordinate the distribution, even though they’re under so much pressure at the moment.  


“Thanks to the schools and the incredible hard work of our staff and volunteers we delivered all the hampers in one afternoon, meaning hundreds of local children will have something to open on Christmas morning and families can enjoy a festive meal together.”


Stephen Harris, Executive Headteacher of Heronsgate Primary School, added: “The parents receiving the hampers were surprised and very pleased. It’s great that Peabody could organise and deliver them in such demanding circumstances.”


Our annual Thamesmead Christmas Appeal has been running for the past five years, working with individuals, corporate and local businesses to provide vulnerable families in the town with food and toy hampers every Christmas.