THE chief executive of a charity is urging people to back the News Christmas Food Appeal.
The campaign was launched to help feed those in need this Christmas time.
Nicola Youern is chief executive officer of The You Trust.
One of the services it runs is the Advice Portsmouth centre in Kingston Crescent, Buckland, where Ms Youern said there has been an increase in the number of people coming in.
She said: ‘In April this year, we were seeing about 50 people a day.
‘It has gone up to about 90.
‘People have no food, are living in fuel poverty, and could be homeless, because their benefits have been sanctioned.
‘We are trying to give people advice, and we usually give out food too.
‘I think The News’ Christmas Food Appeal is brilliant to help people, and completely back it.
‘If you can donate food and help someone over Christmas, then it’s fantastic.’
Trolleys are starting to fill up with festive goodies as people support our Christmas food appeal.
Supermarkets and food banks across the area are collecting donations of non-perishable food such as biscuits, crisps, mince pies, Christmas puddings tea and coffee.
It’s a bid to help those who are struggling to have a more enjoyable Christmas.
Morrisons in Gosport, which helped launch the campaign is just one of the stores that has seen generous donations from customers already.
Admin officer Trudie Longhorn said: ‘People are putting stuff in.
‘We’ve got the trolley right by customer services with a poster at the front door so people know about the appeal.
‘Our customers are quite generous.
‘The appeal is a good idea. We can all do our little bit.’
For more information about where to donate, visit portsmouth.co.uk.