Currant crisis as charity misses out on mince pies

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CHRISTMAS just wouldn’t be the same without a delicious mince pie.

For one charity, the prospect of being mince pie-less is terribly disappointing.

Open Sight, a charity that supports partially-sighted and blind people, was looking forward to celebrating its 90th year by holding a Christmas carol concert at St Peter and St Paul’s church in Fareham.

The charity had promised all attendees mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas cake after the service only to be let down at the last minute by an overenthusiastic supermarket.

The supermarket had promised to supply the mince pies, but had to pull out of the deal, leaving the charity desperate to find some replacements.

Open Sight is now appealing to the community to step in and help provide the festive treats.

Leonie Mountney, program manager at Open Sight, said: ‘We are devastated. We had promised mince pies to all our members.

‘I’ve personally spent hours making the Christmas cake. We are so desperate for mince pies. Please help us.’

The charity, based in Eastleigh, is the largest charitable organisation in Hampshire that works with people who have, or who are at risk of developing, sight loss.

Ms Mountey said: ‘We have 23 clubs around the country and they all have their own Christmas collections but this is a chance for us all to get together. We were particularly keen this year as it’s our 90th birthday.’

Open Sight is expecting around 200 people to attend the concert, which will be the first time the charity has held its carol concert in Fareham.

‘We would really like to provide the guests with some sweet refreshments and would really value any last minute assistance that could be given so that the event is finished off nicely,’ said Ms Mountey.

Anyone who thinks they can help or would like to donate some mince pies should ring Heather Flint on (023) 8064 6385 or email

People can also take their donations to the church.

The carol service will be held at St Peter and St Paul’s church, High Street, Fareham, at 4pm on Thursday.

All are welcome to attend.