Appleby Donates Holiday Hampers To STAR

December 22, 2014

Appleby’s Bermuda office presented food hampers and gifts to local charity Supportive Therapy for Aids Persons and their Relatives [STAR] on 19 December 2014.

STAR has provided financial, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support for over 28 years to persons with HIV and their families.

STAR representative Vanessah Simpson [5th from left] with Appleby volunteer coordinators

Appleby STAR presentation_Vanessah Simpson and Janita Burke (Dec 2014) 2

The Partners and staff annually support six families introduced by STAR during the holiday season by supplying food hampers and fruit baskets, as well as delivering Christmas trees to their homes. Appleby staff purchased gifts such as toys, vouchers, clothing and toiletries.

STAR representative Vanessah Simpson received the donated items in a presentation by Partner Janita Burke and volunteer staff coordinators.

Ms Burke said, “This marks our 16th year working with STAR during the holiday season and each year we always hope that our support makes the season even more joyous for our STAR families.

“I’d like to thank the Bermuda staff who generously donated and in particular, thank our volunteer coordinators, who assisted with the hampers on each floor or organising the deliveries to STAR. They are Jennifer Bean, Shirley Dill, Reshna Govender, Georgette Howard, Thalia Lightbourne, Penny Pfenning, Maria Ratteray, Calvin Steede, Welma Steede, Tiffani Stevens and Sharon Swan.”

STAR’s work in the Bermuda community has benefited more than 180 people at its Light House home, which provides a family environment for men, women and children. In addition, STAR offers support throughout the island to persons living with HIV by way of confidential counselling and personal caregivers visiting homes, hospital, prisons and hospices.

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