‘This time of year it’s nice to give something extra’

HAMPERS Elizabeth Young, Angela Townend and Teresa Worwood prepare a delivery of food hampers for families on low income in the Gosport area.  Picture: Steve Reid (114360-731)
HAMPERS Elizabeth Young, Angela Townend and Teresa Worwood prepare a delivery of food hampers for families on low income in the Gosport area. Picture: Steve Reid (114360-731)
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ELIZABETH Young knows how much people are struggling to afford food this Christmas.

She delivers hampers to families across the Gosport area on behalf of Lee Community Church and has seen a big increase in people needing help.

The group are now feeding 158 families, with three or four new ones being referred to them every week.

And they are backing The News campaign to feed the poor, homeless and isolated this Christmas.

Elizabeth said: ‘It’s brilliant. It brings awareness of how some people do struggle.

‘We have got more and more families now – it’s increasing.

‘There’s extra pressure on budgets especially at this time of the year.

‘Families want to provide presents for their children and food is more expensive at the moment.

‘This time of the year, it’s nice to give them something extra, something a bit more special.

‘It will make Christmas more affordable for them.

‘It’s lovely to see the expression on their faces.

‘It’s such a relief for them.’

Trolleys have been filling up across the area and representatives from food banks have picked up the food to make them into festive hampers for those in need in our area.

Elizabeth has already collected a trolley-load of food from Sainsbury’s in Fareham.

‘It’s amazing,’ she said. ‘It shows how generous people can be once they know the need is there.

‘And it’s good of the supermarkets to get involved too.’

To make a donation to the appeal, select one of the items from the shopping list on the right and donate it at one of our collection points across the area.

Food will continue to be collected by food banks right up until Christmas Eve when it will be handed out to needy families.

WHERE YOU CAN DONATE

Portsmouth

· Tesco, Crasswell Street

· Tesco, Clement Atlee Way, North Harbour

· Sainsbury’s, Commercial Road

· Sainsbury’s, Fitzherbert Road, Farlington

· Asda, Bridge Shopping Centre, Fratton

· Morrisons, Anchorage Park

· Portsmouth Food Bank, Kings Church, Elm Grove.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12pm until 2pm

Havant

· Morrisons, Lakesmere Road, Horndean

· Asda, Larchwood Avenue, Bedhampton

· Asda, Portland Road, Waterlooville

· Tesco, Solent Road

· Leigh Park Baptist Church, Stockheath Road.

Monday - Thursday from 9am to 12pm

Fareham

· Asda, Speedfields Park

· Tesco, Quay Street

· Sainsbury’s, Broadcut

· Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank, Aspect House, Westbury Road, Fareham. Open Monday and Friday - 1pm until 3pm, Wednesday 12.30pm until 1.30pm.

Gosport

· Morrisons, Walpole Road

· Jacobs Well Church, Layton Road, Bridgemary 10am to midday on Tuesdays.

News offices:

· The News Centre, Hilsea

· Gosport office, 42 High Street, Gosport

· Fareham office, 88 West Street, Fareham

· Havant office, 7 West Strreet, Havant

SHOPPING LIST

Teabags

Coffee

Sugar

Cereal

Marmalade

Christmas biscuits

Stuffing

Cranberry sauce

Alcohol free wine

Box of chocolates

Crisps

Peanuts

Jar of sauce for chicken

Mince pies

Gravy

Tin of fruit

Jelly

Trifle

Christmas pudding

Custard

Chocolate selection boxes

Chocolate log