Christmas should be time of giving

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Begging bowl out, folks. According to recent reports, we’re all a bit ‘charitied out’. But although we’re giving less dosh, more people are in need.

Christmas should be a time of giving, so here I go. Life is strange with its twists and turns – one minute you’re maxing out the credit cards, the next you could be bankrupt and broke. It happens.

There are lots of penniless people in Pompey. So remember, charity begins at home folks.

I’m not asking for much, just a few bits and bobs you’re not wearing and could make all the difference to someone else.

I was at the RNLI Santa Fun Run on Sunday. Brilliant. Nearly 1,700 runners dressed as Santa raising funds for the lifeboat service that does such a sterling job.

I bumped into girliepal Mary McDermot MBE, a fabulous lady, who is always out and about helping others less fortunate.

She asked me if I’d heard about Family Welfare. In the Carnegie Library in Fratton Road, Portsmouth on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10am-noon, two lovely ladies will take your donation of winter gloves, scarves, hats, socks and bedding.

On the same days and times, they will then give out items to those in desperate need of warm clothes.

I know you’re all busy bunnies, and this is a big ask. But could you please spare a few minutes to rummage through your drawers. You must have some warm clothes (men’s, women’s and children’s) that you’re not wearing and that you could give to Family Welfare.

No-one in this bitterly cold weather should have to live without warm clothes and bedding.

And finally...let’s end with a laugh folks. They say prospective husbands should look at the mother and they’ll see who the woman they’re about to marry will become.

When I was 18 and about to marry hubby No 1, Ma went to rinse a spoon by shaking it under a running tap.

Spoon stayed still and Ma shook her bum.. Hilarious.