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Radio Ashford Presenter Donates Easter Eggs To The Elderly

Samantha Griffin, 47, Radio Ashford Presenter, donated over 1000 Easter eggs to residential and nursing homes across Kent.

The Easter eggs were distributed on Sunday, March 31st, to Kent-based care homes, including The Grange, Warren Lodge, and Singleton Nursing Home.

Megan Lawrence, 23, Activities Co-Ordinator of The Grange, said: “This act is such a generous offer from Sam, and I know it will be very beneficial for the residents.”

Mrs Griffin announced the campaign on March 18th via social media and Radio Ashford, calling on residents to donate and support the cause.

On Saturday, March 23rd, a collection event was organised at Tesco Park Farm through the collaboration of Mrs Griffin, Tesco Park Farm Community Champions, and Management.

The event also featured the character ‘Minnie Mouse’, courtesy of Candytan Events.

Dan Leggett, 43, Lead Manager of Tesco Park Farm, said: “We work incredibly closely with local charities and actively encourage our community to get involved with local initiatives.”

“We are incredibly proud of the generosity of our amazing customers, who always go the extra mile to support local causes.”

At the same time, Nick Fox, 54, General Manager of Tesco Park Farm, added: “We have always worked closely with Radio Ashford, and we continuously make efforts to support local causes, in addition to our corporate fundraisers.”

After an overwhelmingly positive response, the collection amassed 1049 easter eggs, with 250 donated by Community Champion Mary Daly of Tesco Crooksfoot.

Radio Ashford has previously held events and competitions across Easter, including the ‘Bonnie Easter Bonnet’ competition in 2021 and 2022, where children aged 3 to 13 designed and created an Easter bonnet.

However, while previous easter events have been tailored towards children, Mrs Griffin decided to take a “different approach” and contribute to Kent’s elderly community.

Mrs Griffin said: “Most of the time when people think of Easter, they associate it with children. As this donation scheme has now highlighted a different group, many people have found it has opened their eyes to another community in Kent.”

When asked about current events for the elderly in Kent, Mrs Griffin commented: “I believe that more projects should be accessible for elderly individuals. I work closely with adult residential homes, and I know many of them need local support.”

Mrs Griffin is a prominent figure in Ashford’s event scene, establishing groups such as Unite Ashford and Diversify. Currently, Mrs Griffin is co-organising Ashford’s first LGBTQ+ pride event.

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