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Recorder staff join Jewish Care to deliver meals on wheels ahead of Mitzvah Day

PUBLISHED: 16:00 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:21 22 November 2016

Mitzvah Day Meals on Wheels feature with reporters Rosie and Matt at Sinclair House, Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge IG4 5LN

Mitzvah Day Meals on Wheels feature with reporters Rosie and Matt at Sinclair House, Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge IG4 5LN

Melissa Page

Each year for Mitzvah Day, Recorder staff join some of Redbridge’s hardiest volunteers to give back to the community.

In the past we have collected toys for children’s charities, served lunches at care homes, and this year we delivered meals to pensioners across the borough.

Recorder staff joined volunteers from Jewish Care as they packed and delivered a mixture of frozen and hot meals to residents around the borough.

The charity produces more than two million meals every year and in Redbridge, hundreds of residents rely on the kindness of volunteers to have them delivered to their home.

Today, ahead of Mitzvah Day – an event where active participation rather than fundraising is encouraged to benefit those less able than ourselves - we joined Sharon Barnett, from Craven Gardens in Barkingside.

The 65-year-old started volunteering to drop off food five years ago, after she retired as a legal secretary.

Now, she helps out once or twice a week, driving all over the borough.

She said: “I really enjoy it. I actually signed up before I retired so I could get started straightaway,

“For some people, you might be the only person they see all day, so it’s very important.”

As Sharon packs her boot, it is clear there is a clear favourite - chicken soup - which the catering team at the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, in Woodford Bridge Road, make in huge quantities every week.

At our first stop, we meet Fred and Sadie Cohen, who can’t praise the service highly enough.

Sadie, 86, said she service was a “lifeline” after she was discharged from hospital.

She said: “It’s absolutely brilliant, we couldn’t do without it.

“I like the latkas and Fred likes the salt beef. The food is very nutritious and tasty, it’s exactly how I would cook it.”

Jewish Care is looking for volunteers with administration skills and drivers to help deliver hot and frozen meals on wheels to older people.

If you have a few hours to spare from Monday - Thursday, email mow@jcare.org or call 020 8418 2113 to find out more.

To learn more about Mitzvah Day and how the Recorder is supporting the annual day of giving, pick up a copy of the paper next week.


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