That’s a trolley good effort for our food appeal!

114448-392_TESCO_FOOD_SR_20/12/11'The Tesco North Harbour store manager Paul Griffin passing on customer food donations to student social worker Charlotte Rowe who is working at the Homeless Day Centre in Portsmouth where it will be eaten over Christmas.''Picture:Steve Reid (114448-392)

114448-392_TESCO_FOOD_SR_20/12/11'The Tesco North Harbour store manager Paul Griffin passing on customer food donations to student social worker Charlotte Rowe who is working at the Homeless Day Centre in Portsmouth where it will be eaten over Christmas.''Picture:Steve Reid (114448-392)

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THIS food will enable people living on the streets of Portsmouth to have a better Christmas.

The homeless day centre in Portsmouth is one of many organisations to benefit from The News food appeal to help the poor, homeless and isolated over Christmas.

Staff from the centre collected a trolley full of goodies from Tesco in North Harbour.

Leon Runham-Cuenca, manager of Central Point day centre in Portsmouth, said: ‘It means a lot. It’s nice to know that the general public and The News support us in what we do.

‘A lot of people who use our service are homeless and don’t have much money at all.

‘It allows us to provide more food for people.

‘We can have endless supplies and lots of mince pies and things which make it much nicer for people.

‘It does make people feel a bit more special and a bit more relaxed.

‘Even if they are sleeping on the streets it does make them feel a bit better.

‘It means a lot and it inspires a bit of help to get through the rough times, especially with the cold weather.’

And Leon has thanked the public for digging deep and donating.

‘It’s so encouraging to know that there are people out there helping other people,’ he said.

‘This has included a lot of people that might have missed out. It means people don’t get forgotten about.

‘People often don’t know who to give to. But this is something the whole community can get involved in. People like to know that they have made a difference.

‘I want to thank all the people that have donated and everybody at The News. We do appreciate it.’

The appeal continues to run until tomorrow.

To make a donation, choose one of the items from the list on the right and deposit it at one of our collection points.

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