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Mum’s Christmas meals mission

Festive food for vulnerable in memory of daughter who died 10 years ago

11 December, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Lindsey Wylie, with Savvas Panas, working at the Ringcross Centre foodbank

A MOTHER is raising money to provide Christmas meals for families who have found themselves on the breadline during the pandemic, in memory of her daughter who died 10 years ago.

Lindsey Wylie took her firstay off in months to mark a decade since her daughter Alexandra died on November 25, 2010.

But the Archway mother was then straight back to the Ringcross Centre, off Caledonian Road, the next day to continue her work organising food for hundreds of vulnerable residents.

“My daughter was my soulmate and this is all in her memory,” said Ms Wylie. “She loved helping others and it would have broken her heart to know how many children are going hungry.”

Zeesham Chaudhry at the Manor Gardens Centre

The Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation (AWTF) auction is up and running and the winners will be announced this Sunday during an online event hosted by Nick Allen, the star of Channel 4’s Get Your House In Order.

The money raised will help the Ringcross Community Centre provide Christmas turkeys to scores of families as well as investing in a new delivery van.

Before the pandemic, the Lough Road centre provided food for between 50 and 75 households – but this has now increased to more than 300.

Adele Walsh at the Manor Gardens Centre

Meanwhile, volunteers in the Manor Gardens Centre, off Holloway Road, this week packed almost 130 hampers to be distributed across the borough.

And like the Ringcross Centre, they have seen demand for their help nearly triple since Covid-19 struck.

Felicity Ford, who runs the food operation out of the centre, said: “I think this pandemic has shown the underlying food poverty in the borough. We have visited homes that don’t have anything they can cook with. A lot of people are living off £100 a week, or £50 a week, or even nothing.”

Ms Ford has been using Islington Council and National Lottery funding to fill the Christmas hampers.

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