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DONATIONS of food are due to be collected at two gyms in the Portsmouth area.

Womens-only gym Curves, which has a centre in London Road, Portsmouth, and London Road, Cowplain, is launching its 13th annual Curves Food Drive.

Both members and non-members are being encouraged to drop in non-perishable items throughout March, which will then be donated to Age Concern.

Owner Janine Catterall said: ‘At the core of our business is the message that women are stronger when they rally together, and that is the point we hope to bring home with our food drive.

‘We want to show our community just how powerful the generosity of our members can be.’

Gym members who donate food will be entered into a draw to win a goody bag of surprises and non-members who give food could win a chance to join the gym free.

Over the past five years, almost 54m kilograms of food have been collected and distributed through the Curves Food Drive, nationally.