Supporting the elderly, vulnerable and homeless in West and Central London
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has left many people worried and isolated. Shortages in supermarkets, closures of public facilities, people self-isolating and families unable to visit or care for their parents, grandparents or neighbours. Our ageing population is already one of the most vulnerable in society and the Coronavirus pandemic stretches the gaps in our communities already under pressure.
It is a terrible irony of the virus that, for older adults, steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 increase the risks of social isolation, which carries its own devastating health effects.
Normally programmes for the elderly aim to increase human contact. Now that contact is potentially deadly.
“The coronavirus outbreak is obviously a huge worry and looks likely to be challenging for our older population, so it is more important than ever to be vigilant and look out for older friends, neighbours and relatives to make sure they’re OK.”Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK
Our aim is to bring communities together to end hunger by providing compassionate, practical help with dignity.
We are working tirelessly to identify those at risk and provide hot meals to them every day.
We also feed homeless communities around London
With homeless shelters and community centres closed due to the virus, many are finding it hard to access warm meals. Pear Drops delivers nutritious meals to the homeless across a variety of locations in central London every evening and on weekends at Ealing Soup Kitchen. We also deliver meals to the homeless housed in temporary accommodation.
Your donations ensure we can continue to feed those who cannot afford meals.
Watch Gemma and Ben’s story to see how your donations impact those in need.