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Hawkshead holds Mitzvah Day to support those less fortunate

Clothing and food were donated for those less fortunate. Credit: Dawn Bonham

A major multi-faith day of social action has taken place in the Lake District village of Hawkshead.

Mitzvah Day is the biggest of its kind worldwide, and is a Jewish led initiative where people give their time, not their money, for the benefit of the local community.

That was all too evident in Hawkshead this weekend, as around half the village were baking for their village tea in the Market Hall, planting trees at Moss Eccles, tidying up the churchyard, and donating either food or clothing to those less fortunate than them.

Trees were also planted. Credit: Dawn Bonham

The clothing will go to Manna House, the centre for people with housing needs in Kendal, while food was given to the Methodist church which has a collection centre for the food bank.

The Lake District isn’t the most diverse part of the country so it’s really exciting to discover that even here in Hawkshead the Jewish community’s Mitzvah Day is bringing people of all faiths and none together to help tidy up our village. It shows what a difference we can make by working together.

– Tim Farron MP