This was no ordinary Monday morning. Our usual commute into work took a detour. Next stop Finsbury Park, Freedom from Torture’s (FfT) head office, where we’d volunteered to help with Christmas care packages for hundreds of torture survivors struggling to make ends meet in the UK.
When we arrived, Ilinca and I were assigned stations along with other volunteers to fill and wrap presents for men, women and children. We helped with almost 200 boxes, each filled with a mixture of useful gifts: warm hat, gloves, biscuits, chocolates and essentials like toothpaste, a toothbrush, a deodorant, soap and a tea-light.
Organised by Charlotte and her team at the charity, we really felt like privileged ‘elves’ being asked to be part of this mammoth task. Especially as Lucie, Felix and I had already worked hard together to create the Christmas appeal that was funding the presents – which we’re pleased to say was already bringing in a brilliant response from supporters.
It was truly humbling to see the small, simple items that we so easily take for granted, going into presents that would mean so much for so many people.
It was wonderful to be able to help Freedom from Torture in their vital work bringing a happy Christmas to torture survivors. They’re our oldest client and it was a real pleasure to have the opportunity to see the end-result of one of our appeals for them starting to come to life.