Food bank kept going by generous donations

15/10/14  ''Gosport voluntary action raising money for Fareham and Gosport Basics bank at Martin Snape House, Gosport by having a coffee morning''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142965-1)
15/10/14 ''Gosport voluntary action raising money for Fareham and Gosport Basics bank at Martin Snape House, Gosport by having a coffee morning''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142965-1)

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GENEROUS donors have boosted a charity that helps people most in need.

Members of Gosport Voluntary Action, including Chris Seward, organised the coffee morning for Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank.

Jeanette Perry, who was on an eight-week voluntary training course was at the coffee morning yesterday.

She said: ‘It went really well – we got eight bags of food for the food bank.

‘It was really good, I made a cake and a young chap made a few cakes too. We had so much we were raffling it off.’

Along with the eight bags of food, the group also collected £85 over the morning.

Around 20 people took part in the occasion at Martin Snape House, in Gosport.

Jeanette added that the event was a good chance for people in the community to network.

She added: ‘There was quite a bit of networking.

‘Everybody got in contact with everyone, it was quite good.’

Steve Dent, from Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank, said the donation was welcome as demand is increasing.

‘It’s just constant, it’s going up and up – and especially in Gosport the demand is going through the roof,’ he said.

‘This kind donation makes a big difference, we’re only a small charity.

‘Without that sort of support we wouldn’t be able to do it. We would end up folding.’

Mr Dent added that plenty of schools and churches are donating to the bank, which has bases in Fareham and Gosport.

He added: ‘Fortunately at this time of year it’s harvest, which means the churches and schools donate a lot of their harvest goods.’

But he added the bank does need donations of sugar and toiletries to hand out to families in need.

Mr Dent said: ‘For those going through a crisis coming to us it would have a massive impact. I don’t know what they’d do without us.’