Ham&High challenge to visit every care home for Mitzvah Day

Last year an amazing outpouring of community spirit saw volunteers visit 18 care homes on Mitzvah Day as part of the Ham&High Challenge.

This year, the hope is that even more residents will join together to support elderly people as part of the annual Jewish day of giving.

Inspired by last year’s phenomenal success, the Ham&High is challenging readers to join us in visiting every care home in the areas we cover – from Highgate to Hampstead, Golders Green to Camden Town, Hornsey and Crouch End, to Maida Vale and Marylebone.

Two groups of keen volunteers have already signed up for the challenge with just under two months to go until Mitzvah Day, which this year falls on Sunday, November 18.

La Sainte Union School in Highgate Road, Dartmouth Park, was one of the schools that took part last year.


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The girls were so inspired by their visit to Lennox House care home in Upper Holloway that they planned and performed a Christmas concert for the residents a month later.

“It wasn’t just about them going and spending their time,” explained assistant head teacher Helen Taylor.

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“It was very much about them sharing their experiences with other people and doing nice things together.

“They came away saying can we please run a Christmas party? So I said fair enough, you can organise it.

“Lots of the girls are members of a gospel choir, so they organised a performance.

“They chose their best gospel numbers as well as singing some of the songs the residents are more familiar with like ‘Daisy, Daisy’.”

Readers are encouraged to help in whatever way they choose – from playing guitar at a care home, to serving tea or playing cards.

Ham&High reporters will host a vintage tea party at Mary Fielding Guild home in Highgate.

Anyone interested simply needs to send an email to hamandhigh@mitzvahday.org.uk or call 020 7443 5160 and we will confirm all the necessary details.

We will ensure you are assigned a home or you can state a preference.

If you want to get involved with a different volunteer project, just let us know, and we can help with that.

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