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Christmas is a time for giving and you’ve certainly done more than your fair share of that over the last few weeks.

In just a short space of time, you’ve thrown your weight behind our food appeal, helping to fill around 30 trolleys with essential items.

Your generosity has amazed us and your willingness to help others has known no bounds.

As a result, 33 families across Portsmouth have had hampers delivered to them and many more have enjoyed a hearty festive meal.

Families will now wake up tomorrow knowing that Christmas dinner is catered for and that their children won’t go without.

Giving whatever you can spare has brought comfort for those who find themselves going through a difficult time.

You won’t be able to see the joy that your donation has created when those who have benefited from this year’s appeal sit down for their Christmas Day lunch.

But take a look at today’s front page to see the smiles on the faces of Helen Knowles and her six-year-old daughter, Rose, and you can see exactly what your kindness has achieved.

They attended a Christmas lunch organised by the Portsmouth food bank and their delight is clear for all to see.

We know that those facing hardship this Christmas have nothing to feel embarrassed about.

They are not motivated by greed, or selfishness, but by genuine need.

Many have found the last 12 months a struggle and that’s why looking after each other has never been more important – at Christmas and beyond.

The supermarkets and other local businesses have also shown kindness and care through their support of the food appeal.

And of course, none of this would have been possible without the Portsmouth food bank, the Salvation Army and other volunteers. Lots of people have worked tirelessly to pick up, pack and distribute what you’ve been able to spare.

So thank you for making this year’s appeal such a fantastic success. We wish you all a very merry Christmas.