Portsmouth MP backs under-threat charity

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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt has added her support to an award-winning charity which is in jeopardy because of a lack of funding.

Off The Record, which has centres in Fratton and Leigh Park, gives counselling to young people aged 11 to 25.

As reported in The News, the service is at risk because of a double blow of Portsmouth City Council withdrawing funding, and charging a commercial rent on the Fratton office it leases to the charity. Now Penny Mordaunt has written to the council leader urging the authority to reconsider.

In a letter co-signed by Portsmouth’s former world champion swimmer – and Off The Record patron – Katy Sexton, Ms Mordaunt said: ‘Off The Record has provided life-changing support to Portsmouth’s young people.

‘I am sure you will agree this service is invaluable and must continue.’