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The mayors of Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Havant attended the end-of-year Help in Bereavement Christmas party at St George’s Church in Waterlooville.

Mayor of Gosport Councillor Keith Farr, mayoress of Havant Cllr Leah Turner, the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Frank Jonas, and mayor of Fareham Cllr Mike Ford were joined by about 100 other people.

A number of other local charities and organisations supported the event, including Waterlooville Women’s Institute and the Portsmouth Lions Club, which raised more than £100 on the day for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Help in Bereavement chairwoman Sandra Simmonds said: ‘The atmosphere was positively rapturous and the feedback received was positive.’

Father Mike Sheffield said: ‘We support this wonderful charity and host a coffee morning here at St George’s on the second Sunday of every month.

‘I think all who came had a great morning.’

As well as enjoying cakes supplied by the Portsmouth Sugarcraft Association, those attending were entertained by a selection of carols sung by children from Berewood Primary School.