Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue volunteer at Whipps Cross Hospital

PUBLISHED: 11:37 31 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:37 31 December 2014

Volunteers stand out Whipps Cross Hospital on Christmas Day

Volunteers stand out Whipps Cross Hospital on Christmas Day


Twenty-three members of a synagogue congregation spent Christmas Day at Whipps Cross hospital to “give comfort and support” to patients.

Belinda Taylor, 54, of Clayhall Avenue, Clayhall, organised the trip for the Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue, Churchfields, South Woodford, giving nursing staff extra assistance.

“It shows the caring nature of the synagogue members that people were prepared to give up their time to help those less fortunate,” said Mrs Taylor, who visits the hospital in Whipps Cross Road on a weekly basis.

She added she hopes the synagogue makes the event an annual trip.

“I put a note up in our synagogue and I got a wonderful response,” said Mrs Taylor. “They got so much out of it.”

Volunteers helped make tea, meals and also talked to patients on the wards.

“It was putting smiles on people’s faces,” she said.

“They were thrilled to see us and it was cheering people up.”

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