Pompey in the Community join Christmas Food Appeal

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IT’S called the most wonderful time of the year – but for many families in our area it can be one of the most difficult.

IT’S called the most wonderful time of the year – but for many families in our area it can be one of the most difficult.

2/12/2014 (RS)''Pompey in the Community is supporting The News Christmas Food Appeal.''Pictured is: (l-r) Chief executive of Pompey in the Community Clare Martin with Amanda Osman, PR Ambassador for Sainsbury's in Waterlooville, who is also supporting The News Christmas Food Appeal.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143425-187) PPP-140212-113435001

2/12/2014 (RS)''Pompey in the Community is supporting The News Christmas Food Appeal.''Pictured is: (l-r) Chief executive of Pompey in the Community Clare Martin with Amanda Osman, PR Ambassador for Sainsbury's in Waterlooville, who is also supporting The News Christmas Food Appeal.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143425-187) PPP-140212-113435001

And that’s why The News has brought back its Christmas Food Appeal.

Organisations across the area have agreed to be a part of it, including Pompey in the Community.

Based in Fratton, directly next to Fratton Park and affiliated to Portsmouth FC, the charity has been supporting hostels in Portsmouth and Fareham for a number of years.

It includes both the Portsmouth Foyer and the All Saints young persons’ hostels.

As well as helping to supply food which is collected through supermarkets – including Sainsbury’s – nappies and donated items for babies are given to women’s refuges across the city.

Food parcels are supplied to individuals and families who have had their benefits cut or delayed, or who have found themselves suddenly struggling financially.

Clare Martin is the director of community projects at Pompey in the Community.

She said: ‘It’s incredible when you hear so much about how people are hard up.

‘Yet people will still get themselves out there and make sure they do something for other people.

‘In Portsmouth we are so geographically close together, that people are more aware of those that don’t have so much as them.’

And Clare said it’s this time of year that people often find themselves seriously struggling.

‘Christmas is the greatest contradiction in a way,’ she said.

‘If you have got money, family and company, it can be the best time of the year.

‘If you haven’t got money, family or company then it can be the worst time of the year.

‘Anything that we can do to support people who haven’t got much, the better.

‘We have had all sorts of feedback and thank-yous from people.

‘It takes a lot of courage for people to put their hands up and say that they need help.

‘We don’t want to make a big fuss of doing this.

‘We are expecting people to donate generously.

‘They always do.’

Supermarkets across the area have agreed to support the appeal.

All we ask is that you buy an extra item when you go shopping and put it in a News trolley on the way out.

You can also make a donation directly at food banks.

The food will then be distributed to food banks, refuges and shelters across the area.

Where you can donate

PORTSMOUTH

- Sainsbury’s, Farlington n Asda, Fratton

- Tesco, Crasswell Street n Morrisons, Anchorage Park

- Morrisons, Victory Retail Park n Sainsbury’s, Commercial Road

- Salvation Army, Lake Road, Monday - Friday, 10am to 3pm

- Pompey in the Community, Anson Road, Fratton, Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm n The News, Lakeside, North Harbour

WATERLOOVILLE

- Morrisons, Horndean n Asda, Portland Road

- Sainsburys, Hambledon Road

- Waterlooville Food Bank, Monday - 9.30am to 11.30am, Friday - 12pm to 2pm, Wecock Church, Kite Close

FAREHAM

- Asda, Speedfields Park n Sainsbury’s, Broadcut

- Tesco, Quay Street n Fareham and Gosport Basics Food Bank, Mon/Wed/Fri - 1pm to 3pm, Aspect House, Westbury Road, Fareham

- The News, West Street

GOSPORT

- Morrisons, Walpole Road n Tesco, Alver Valley

HAVANT

- Portsdown Community Church, weekday mornings 10am to 12.30pm, The Beacon, 69-73 Meridian Centre, Havant