Belfast Telegraph

Food parcels for trapped OAPs

For the second time in a month the Progressive Unionist Party has come to the rescue of elderly pensioners in east Belfast unable to leave their homes due to the hazardous weather conditions.

Members of the East Belfast branch of the PUP — and party leader Brian Ervine — delivered food parcels containing bread, milk, sandwich fillers and fruit to OAPs in the Albertbridge, Clarawood, Braniel and Sydenham areas of the city last Thursday (December 23). With money donated from the East Belfast Mission and the party's own funds, over £300 of groceries were provided to old people who had been trapped in their homes for over a week.

Some residents had been unable to get to local shops and were rationing food, hoping the snow and ice would thaw in the next few days.

Almost 20 members of the party were involved in preparing and delivering the food parcels, which were well received by the elderly residents visited.

Party leader Brian Ervine said: “We've had numerous calls at our constituency office on the Newtownards Road from elderly people who were unable to leave their homes.

“Our party members are young and energetic and with most of them finished work for the festive period we thought we should dedicate a day to help some OAPs.”

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