atimetosaythankyou is a project of UHC Leeds, a synagogue based in Leeds. Conceived by its minister Rabbi Albert Chait MBE in 2018 when he together with his wife and their three children decided on Xmas Day 2018 to visit their local Fire Station, Police Station and the Maternity Ward at the St James’ Hospital to deliver a big hamper of cakes and goodies, good wishes and thanksgiving for the incredible and dedicated service that they provide over the holiday period.
Since then, UHC has continued to grow this initiative to extend it first, across West and North Yorkshire, and then in 2023 in London, North & South Manchester.
Recognising that sadly in a time where Jewish people in Europe were being more associated with the rise of Anti-Semitism, he realised what an opportunity a project like this could be in re-establishing, or re-aligning in the wider sense, what Jewish people should be known for: kindness; compassion; thanksgiving and welfare.
” We were fortunate to return to where it all began with Monty onto the NeoNatal ward at the LGI.Ali & Andy, Monty & Reuben Daly-Smith, LGI Neonates
Today couldn’t have been pulled off without the invaluable work and efforts of Naomi Williams and Albert Sebastian Chait “
“An honour to be part of an amazing UHC Synagogue initiative – delivering gifts to those wonderful carers across our city working on Xmas Day. Especially delighted to take chocs for the staff and a Nintendo Switch for the kids on the children’s ward at the LGI. Proud to be part of the Leeds Jewish community.”Louise, Simon & Joseph Williams and Sue Graham
“We got a really warm reception from the manager and staff at Oakhaven Care Home with a small token of appreciation for working on Xmas day. Just about managed to keep Zara from eating all the chocs prior to delivery.”Will, Amy, Archie & Zara Maclaren, Oakhaven Care Home