A new record for food hampers is on the way thanks to donations

PACKED OUT From left, Pam Hibbard, Carly Lang from Morrisons and Flavia Trewin, collecting the first full trolley. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (133434-1)
PACKED OUT From left, Pam Hibbard, Carly Lang from Morrisons and Flavia Trewin, collecting the first full trolley. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (133434-1)

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WE ARE just over a week into this year’s Christmas appeal and already trollies across the area are full to the brim with food.

People in Gosport have so far been the most generous with trollies at Morrisons and Asda filling up within a few days.

The food appeal, which was launched by The News last week, supports those in need at Christmas time.

Flavia Trewin is from Caring Hands, a Gosport and Fareham partnership that deliver food hampers to people in need across the area.

She said: ‘We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the response from everybody.

‘We are really grateful. We want to say a big thank you to everybody who has donated so far.

‘It’s going to be a record year. We have been rushed off our feet being called out to Asda and Morrisons. The shed is chock-a-block.

‘This means we are going to be able to feed even more people.’

Last year, Caring Hands delivered around 100 Christmas hampers.

So far this year, they have referrals for between 75 and 80 – but this number is expected to rise in the build up to Christmas.

Flavia added she is thrilled with people’s generosity.

‘It’s absolutely wonderful. It’s lovely,’ she said.

‘Everybody is pulling together and realising that there are those in need out there and they want to bless others before they bless themselves.

‘There are people already who have said how grateful they are to get a hamper this year. People are finding it really difficult.

‘They have expressed to me how important it is at Christmas to receive this.

‘It does go a long way to supporting them, especially if they have got children. The parents just want their kids’ needs to be met.’

Supermarkets across the area have agreed to support our appeal.

All we ask is that you buy an extra item when you go shopping and place it in our trolley on your way out.

The food will then be distributed to local food banks and churches across the area using Christmas hampers, in time for the big day.