Wakefield Christmas Hamper Appeal organisers pay tribute to CAP charity co-founder as appeal gathers momentum

More Christmas hampers have been distributed this week to help older pensioners plan ahead for the festive season.

The appeal - organised by The Rotary Club of Wakefield Chantry and the Community Awareness Programme (CAP) and backed by the Express - continues to pick up momentum as it nears the point where hampers will be delivered to the four Children First Hubs ready for distribution to families in need.

There is still time for generous Express readers to donate food, completed hampers or financial contributions and help us spread some Christmas cheer across the Wakefield district.

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Hampers should consist of tea and/or coffee, sugar, long life milk, cereal, biscuits, tinned potatoes or instant mash, tinned vegetables such as peas and/or carrots, stuffing, tinned fruit, instant whip, fruit juice, chocolate or sweets. Extras can include tinned meat, pasta, rice, cup-a-soup, pasta in sauce, gravy, jam or marmalade, instant noodles and meat paste. Please do not include fresh food or alcohol.

Appeal organisers would also like to pay tribute to Ernest Hibbert, one of the founders of CAP, who passed away recently after a long battle with illness. Ernest, together with his wife Elisabeth, founded CAP in 1997.

Ray Spencer, president of Wakefield Chantry Rotary Club said: “Chantry and CAP have a long and deep association together working for the benefit of our communities. Ernest was awarded Rotary’s highest honour, a Paul Harris Fellowship, in 2016 for his work in helping others. Together with Elisabeth they have established one of Wakefield best known and best loved charities. Their continuing work in the community will be a lasting tribute to Ernest who will be sadly missed by everyone.”

For more about the appeal or to donate, call 01924 381119.

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