Celebrate Queen’s Jubilee by helping all those in need

PLEA FOR HELP Father Bob White from St Mary's Church in Fratton is encouraging churches and members of the public to donate food over the Jubilee weekend for those in need.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (121769-1)

PLEA FOR HELP Father Bob White from St Mary's Church in Fratton is encouraging churches and members of the public to donate food over the Jubilee weekend for those in need. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (121769-1)

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MANY of us will be putting out the bunting and tucking into a feast to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

But some across this area won’t be joining in the celebrations and will find themselves in desperate need of help as food supplies run dry.

So to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, a church is calling on residents to donate one item of food, which will be distributed to banks to help those in need.

Canon Bob White, vicar of St Mary’s Church in Fratton and chairman of Churches Homeless Action, said: ‘We want to encourage people to think about sharing a tin of food to give to food banks to help local people.

‘Supplies are running low. It just seems to be the general economic situation and the effect it’s having on benefits.

‘In particular, families seem to be struggling.

‘This seemed an ideal way of people thinking about their community and celebrating but also being aware that others are in need.

‘It’s a significant celebration that is both about the reign of the monarch but also about the life of the city.’

People are asked to donate tinned or dried food to one of the churches taking part either directly or by getting neighbours to donate through a street party.

Mr White said: ‘A number of churches already support their food banks.

‘This is a way to support that and raise awareness.

‘It’s quite a simple thing – if you are shopping you just pick up an extra tin of something.

‘It’s about finding something simple to do which can have very profound effects.’

The churches taking part are Kings Church, Southsea; Paulsgrove Baptist Church; Family Church in North End; The Haven Community Centre in Lake Road; and the Lighthouse Community Centre in Southsea.

The Fareham and Gosport Basics Food Bank and the Beacon Food Bank at Portsdown Community Church in Havant are also supporting the church initiative.

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