Love Ipswich have announced plans for their fourth consecutive ‘Hamper Appeal’. Here they share of their recent work, and how you can be involved to help achieve their big ambitions!
Like many other towns in the country, Ipswich is experiencing high levels of poverty and a rise in youth crime. A recent newspaper report in the Ipswich Star stated that up to 50,000 children are currently living in poverty within the town. The aim of Love Ipswich is to reach the needs of the town practically and to make people feel valued and loved. This is actualised in a number of different ways; running ‘Shine’ self esteem courses to young girls of High School age in local Secondary schools and by complete practical works in the community such as gardening and painting. One example of this was a recent project at The Benjamin Foundation– an organisation working with vulnerable young men and women – repainting the house and de-weeding the garden area. Love Ipswich‘s main project every year is its ‘Hamper Appeal’ – creating luxury hampers filled with a Christmas dinner for a family of four, coupled with a £10 supermarket voucher used to buy perishable items. Love Ipswich works with local charities, social services, local organisations and local schools to generate a list of referrals for the recipients of the hampers. This project has run for the last three years and has delivered 69, 101 and 182 hampers respectively. The hampers have made a monumental difference in the lives of the individuals and families which received them. One volunteer who personally delivered one of the hampers last year commented that, ‘When we knocked on the door of this family- who have struggled financially for a while as the father had to give up work due to a long term illness- the mother had tears in her eyes. They were over whelmed by the generosity of so many people they had never met and were taken back by the “beauty” of their hamper. The mother mentioned that she felt this overwhelming sense of relief as she now had drinks and treats to offer her children and their friends over the Christmas period, and this Christmas may not be as stressful as she had anticipated.’ Every year the project receives far more referrals than it can fund. This year it is aiming to distribute over 250 hampers within Ipswich and Suffolk. To achieve this big ambition it is asking for your support, however big or small. Love Ipswich hopes that you will consider supporting its Hamper Appeal in 2019. Please contact [email protected] about how you can help and / or come along to one of Love Ipswich‘s fundraising quizzes (13 September at St Alban’s High School and 1 November at Seckford Golf Club)