EAST YORKS: Age UK is launching its annual Caring Christmas Appeal.
The charity is urging people throughout the East Riding to get involved by donating a shoebox-size Christmas hamper.
The hampers will then be distributed just before Christmas to isolated and vulnerable people in the region.
Last year, residents of the East Riding donated several hundred hampers, which were distributed by Age UK staff, volunteers and community groups.
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The shoeboxes should be filled with items such as tins of soup, fish or fruit, tea, coffee, biscuits and a luxury item.
Food items must have a sell-by date of February 2013 or later.
Donors can also include a Christmas card with a festive greeting.
The box and lid should be wrapped separately with Christmas paper or left unwrapped with a piece of wrapping paper enclosed.
The boxes should be delivered to the Age UK East Riding office at 16 North Bar Within, Beverley, before Friday, December 7, or may be taken to any Age UK shop.
EAST Riding: The council's benefits team is holding sessions at libraries across the area.
The team says many pensioners do not realise that, even with savings above £16,000, they may still be eligible for additional benefits on their state pensions.
Also, attendance allowance, disability living allowance or carers' entitlements are awarded regardless of their income and savings.
The service can help with queries about benefits, working tax credit and child care costs.
Advisers will be at several libraries between Tuesday, November 27, and Tuesday, December 18.
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The local housing allowance liaison officer is also part of the benefit and money advice service and is available to help people who receive housing benefit that will be affected by the benefit cap and other changes imposed by the welfare reform bill.
DRIFFIELD: A party organised by a former railway engineer to mark his 100th birthday has raised £330 for Cancer Research.
Fred Kimberley, of Driffield, invited friends from his Tuesday Club for a meal at the town's Bell Hotel.
He also organised his own cake, complete with a steam locomotive design.
Mr Kimberley, whose 49-year career on the railways took him from Hull to Goole and from the North East of England to Wakefield, passed on his thanks to all those who contributed and helped make the day a success.