Relative backs Dickens appeal

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CHARLES Dickens’ great-great grandson has backed a German appeal to send presents to needy children in Moldova.

Mark Charles Dickens, a descendent of one of Portsmouth’s famous sons, is the patron of the Aktion Oliver campaign – named after the novel Oliver Twist.

The Charles Dickens Fellowship Germany campaign was launched in honour of Dickens’ bicentenary celebrations in February 2012 and saw 500 Christmas presents sent to children and teenagers in homes or day homes.

Mark said: ‘I know he would have been a very active backer of the wonderful work Aktion Oliver is involved with and I am delighted to support it.’