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Churchgoers who gave hours of their time to pack Christmas hampers for the hungry were rewarded at a special ceremony.

Volunteers from Colindale Food Bank, in The Concourse, Grahame Park, attended a reception at Westminster Palace organised by Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer.

It was held in honour of the 300 people from Jesus House, in Brent Cross, who packed 1,000 hampers to make sure people who could not afford Christmas dinner went without during the festive period.

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Hundreds of vulnerable people will receive a free Christmas dinner in Barnet thanks to a festive hamper campaign.

More than 300 churchgoers joined forces at Jesus House in Brent Cross to help pack the hampers, which will be delivered to those in financial need.

Each hamper contains a turkey with all the trimmings, as well as festive goodies including a Christmas album which was recorded at Jesus House by gospel artists including the Tribe of Judah choir.

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NEWS RELEASE                                   Tuesday, 05 November 2013

Keep Wonga out of Barnet!

A consortium of local churches and a debt charity, CAP are urging Barnet residents to avoid using payday loan sharks in the run up to this year’s Christmas.

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THE cost of Christmas is set to rise by more than 10% above the rate of inflation this year — hitting families already reeling from the increased costs of home heating and fuel for their cars to get to the shops.

A package of essential festive items — including Christmas meals, presents, cards and stamps — that cost £436 last year has increased to more than £491.

The same package has risen by almost 19% over the annual inflation rate since 2007, showing that Britain’s consumers have been battered by consistent price rises for five years.