As part of our Love Thy Neighbour UK work we headed down to University College London Hospitals this week to give gifts and offer moral support. With our Serving in the Community bus packed full of toys and presents, we were able to give some joy to children and young people undergoing treatment on several of the wards.
Penny Appeal has been to Gambia to meet the children supported by OrphanKind. Our Partnerships Manager, Ridwana Wallace-Laher, visited a number of orphanages where she met children, as young as five, who had been living on the streets and vulnerable to disease and exploitation.
Our Fundraising Manager in the Midlands, HaroonMota, is preparing for an epic challenge. It will be the biggest and toughest one yet for anyone at Penny Appeal; running four marathons in twenty one days. With your support, Haroon wants raise £20,000 for a Penny Appeal project that will provide safe, clean water and electricity to people in Senegal.
Penny Appeal has been responding to the growing number of older people who experience loneliness by organising social visits and musical entertainment. Their latest visit was to the Well Springs Nursing Home in Bradford where volunteers brought along entertainer Paul Whitehead. His performance of classic songs had residents singing and dancing along.
Penny Appeal volunteers have been on the ground since 3am to provide aid to those affected by the Grenfell Tower blaze in West London. A crisis team from Penny Appeal was dispatched as soon as news of the tragedy hit in the 24-storey tower block began to filter through press outlets. The Metropolitan Police say that a number of people have lost their lives