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Mayor of Lewisham launches winter charity appeal

The Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan has officially launched the Lewisham Winter Appeal. The appeal is raising vital funds for two Lewisham charities – The 999 Club and Voluntary Services Lewisham.
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This Black Friday Damien Egan is calling on residents to make a donation to help support families facing a difficult winter.

This year has been difficult for a huge number of people, and those without a home have been hit especially hard. Many families are under new financial strains due to COVID-19 and food bank usage has increased substantially.

Over the last year the Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan has raised over £200,000 for Lewisham food bank, the 999 Club and the Lewisham Mayoresses’ lunch box appeal.
VSL have been raising money in Lewisham every Christmas for over 50 years and last year supported over 800 vulnerable children. Donations to the appeal will go towards purchasing toys, gift vouchers, books and festive treats for children who otherwise may not receive a gift this Christmas.

The 999 Club work all year round to support people experiencing homelessness. COVID-19 has been incredibly tough for those without a home and has changed how charities are able to run their services. Donations to the 999 Club will support the night shelter and employment services run by the charity and will also provide a food hamper to a homeless person this Christmas.

To donate please click on the links below:

£5 donation will buy a stocking gift for a vulnerable child in Lewisham

£15 donation will purchase a present or gift voucher for a child or teenager in need

£25 will pay for a food hamper for a homeless person this winter.

Melissa Tettey, CEO at Voluntary Services Lewisham said:

“VSL are delighted that the Mayor has chosen to support us alongside the 999 Club as one of his charities for 2020. The Christmas project is delivered by VSL and the Salvation Army Lewisham in partnership with community partners for the benefit of the local community. We aim to spread a little festive cheer at what can be a difficult time for those who maybe experiencing financial hardship, and or social isolation.”

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham said:

“This year has been an incredibly tough year for everyone. This winter I’m raising money for Voluntary Services Lewisham and the 999 Club, two incredible charities, to support vulnerable children and homeless people in Lewisham.”

“I know how incredibly generous Lewisham residents are and by giving a small donation you will be able to provide a gift to vulnerable children and those in care or support people experiencing homelessness this winter.”

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