Helping those less fortunate shows true festive spirit

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For many, it’s a religious festival, a time to remember and celebrate the birth of Christ.

For others, it’s party season, a time to get together with family and friends and enjoy their company away from the hustle and bustle of working life.

And sadly for some, Christmas can be a struggle.

Every year as we report on the carol concerts, nativities and festive fun, we also take time to remember that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the festive season in the same way that most of us do.

Fortunately, Christmas brings out the best in people – and our paper today is packed with good news about how people come together at this time of year to help others.

We were proud to support the voucher scheme set up by Canon Bob White at St Mary’s Church in Fratton, and delighted to report today that it brought in an incredible £13,000 in aid of families hit by poverty. That’s a truly incredible achievement.

Then there are the staff at The Swallow pub in Leigh Park who pulled out all the stops to give local youngsters a treat.

There are the shopkeepers in Gosport who, inspired by the plight of a severely-disabled young girl, decided to support a charity that is seeking a cure for her condition.

And there are many, many more examples in the paper today of people who have thought not just of themselves, but also of how they can make life better for others. This philosophy is something we regularly celebrate through our We Can Do It campaign, which runs throughout the year, and highlights the huge amount of good that is done by people across our region.

These are difficult times and a little support and consideration for others goes a very long way.

Here at The News we know that the generous spirit of our readers is something that continues throughout the year – but now is as good a time as any to say thank you on behalf of those who have been helped.

So thank you – and whatever you’re doing, have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.