Families to get boost thanks to Portsmouth music bash

The Cellars, at Eastney. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131239-196)
The Cellars, at Eastney. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131239-196)
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STRUGGLING families are to get a boost thanks to a day of music that will help stock up food banks.

A Christmas party featuring 11 bands is being held at The Cellars at Eastney and all visitors have to bring along a tin or more of food if they want to get in.

The collection will then be sent off to a local food bank to help feed those who find it tough to make ends meet.

The event, organised by Strong Island Recordings, is happening at the venue, in Cromwell Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, on December 13.

Event organiser Brad Sked said: ‘It’s not going to cost us a penny really to run it, it’s about us helping others.

‘More and more people are using food banks. We want to help those who use them and if you have the opportunity to do something nice for others, then why not.

‘We were just going to make the event free-entry, but that’s not really something people can gain from.

‘If people can bring as much as they can then that would be wonderful and marvellous. You may only bring a tin of soup, but if 100 people do that then that’s quite a lot and we can help quite a few people.’

A government report published this year blamed high global food prices, a high inflation rate leading to a decline on take-home pay and significant changes to the benefits system for the growth in food banks.

In the UK, almost 1m adults and children received emergency supplies from food banks in the 12 months up to April this year, a rise of 163 per cent on the previous year amid rising living costs, low pay and welfare problems.

Music duo Rickyfitts will headline the event and other bands performing include Wyldest and Dead Rabbits.

Champagne Justice will DJ throughout the day.

Steve Pitt, programme director for The Cellars at Eastney, said: ‘We think it’s brilliant and that’s why we’re delighted to host the event for the day.’

The event, which starts at 1pm, is open to everyone. It is expected to finish at midnight.