Pub puts up gift tree for donations to children

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GIFTS can be left under a tree in a Copnor pub for children who would otherwise go without.

The Innlodge Hotel and Farmhouse Hungry Horse in Burrfields Road has put up a ‘gift tree’ decorated with envelopes, each containing a card with the age and sex of a child in need of a present written on it.

Customers are being encouraged to pick an envelope and buy a present for the child described on it.

The gifts will be passed onto Southern Domestic Abuse Services (SDAS) in time for Christmas Day.

David McAndrew, from the pub, said: ‘Unfortunately there are children in and around Portsmouth who will be going through a difficult time this Christmas but we wanted to make sure that they still get their visit from Santa this year.’

SDAS chief executive Claire Chatwin said: ‘We are very grateful to the Innlodge Hotel and Farmhouse staff and customers, who will help ensure children affected by domestic abuse have a gift to open on Christmas Day.’