A big help

Hilary Lewis with her mother and brother
We were very excited to receive the parcels and would run down the road to tell Mum it had arrived when she cycled home from work.

The labels were missing on some tins so we weren’t sure what was in them, which I suppose made it all the more exciting, and we enjoyed them just the same. I remember some contained tinned fruit. There were always sweets (lifesavers), chocolate and peanut butter which I had not tasted before, but loved from that moment on (and still do!).

I didn’t realise the large amount of help the foodstuffs were to my mother when we were very short of money, and how hard some food was to come by.

Hilary Lewis (nee Howell) lived with her brother Keith and widowed mother Vera Howell in Witham, Essex