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Harold Hill residents launch care box for the community

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 October 2015

Harold Hill residents launch a care box to show their support for the community.

Harold Hill residents launch a care box to show their support for the community.

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A community has launched a care box scheme after two pensioners were victims of crime in less than 24 hours.

Lorna Clason, an administrator of the Harold Hill Community Page on Facebook, said the Alice Box scheme will show residents that their community cares.

The boxes will be filled with treats such as chocolate, toiletries and small gifts donated by residents.

She said: “The idea behind the box is that it lifts the spirit of people in our community who have gone through a difficult time.

“We have had a bit of a crime wave recently but we want to show that we are standing together and we will not let this put us down.”

Police are investigating reports of a burglary at a home of a man in his 70s in Retford Road, Harold Hill, on October 19.

Residents said a 91-year-old woman was mugged on the same day in Hilldene Avenue, Harold Hill, and had more than £300 taken from her bag after she visited a bank.

The Alice Box, which was named after a friend of a member of the Facebook page who died earlier this year, was started by residents including Lorna in response to the incidents.

She hopes the hamper will become well established within the community.

She said: “The Alice Box will also be for people who have been through difficult times, not just because of crime.

“It is so important that we don’t let our neighbours suffer in silence.

“We are Harold Hill, we will never let our own feel alone and we will never stop showing them in some small way we care.”

Donations to the Alice Box scheme can be made tomorrow (Sat) at The Diner, Farnham Road, Harold Hill from 12.30-2.30pm.

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