Know your neighbour: Lord David Blunkett backs campaign and our readers share food

Safiya Saeed giving food to her new neighbour Sadaf Iqbal in Burngreave.
Safiya Saeed giving food to her new neighbour Sadaf Iqbal in Burngreave.
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Lord David Blunkett has said ‘being a good neighbour is being a good friend’, as he joins our campaign.

The former home secretary said he was very pleased to his support to our initiative.

“Getting to know your neighbour but not becoming a nosey neighbour is the trick. From watching out when your neighbour is away through to thinking twice before lighting a garden fire on a sunny afternoon, being a good neighbour is being a good person.”

As part of the campaign, our readers and organisations have also been sharing food as part of this month’s ‘feed your neighbour’ theme.

Safiya Saeed gave food to Sadaf Iqbal, her new neighbour in Burngreave.

Sadaf said: “It felt very special receiving the food from my neighbour, knowing that she is a very busy lady yet she still made time to come over and share her food with me - which was delicious. Sharing is caring.”

Members of Age Better in Sheffield (ABIS) took over Ellesmere Green in Burngreave last week for their Picnic in the Park event.

It was a community affair, with stalls selling food along with books and arts and crafts made by people from the local area.

The ABIS Welcome Wagon camper van was also there to offer the visitors free refreshments and goodie bags.

Event Organiser Laura Thomas said: “The sun was shining and music was playing, so it was the perfect day to make some new friends.”

Radio station LinkFM, who are running the campaign along with us, are also asking people to donate an item of food which can be shared with a food bank.

If you are able to share food, please take it to the Pakistan Muslim Centre, Woodbourn Road.

There is also a friendship lunch at the Rose and Crown pub, Bankfield Lane, Stannington tomorrow, June 7, between 12pm and 3pm.

Please call Kathy Markwick, of Home Instead Senior Care Sheffield, on 07801285992 for more information.

Please share your stories and photos. E-mail Rochelle.Barrand@jpress.co.uk