Victim support gets a boost

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KIND-HEARTED regulars and supporters helped Portsmouth’s Victim Support service raise £710 at an activity-packed event at the Toby Carvery in Copnor Road, Portsmouth.

The Salvation Army provided music and audience volunteers took part in a well-received nativity play.

The event was organised by Claire Haque, Victim Support service delivery manager, and Toby Carvery manager Carl Lozano.

It was the second time the event was held at the venue.

And the total raised at this year’s event was up from last year’s amount of just under £500.

Mrs Haque said she was delighted with the evening: ‘The event was fantastic with a great turnout and support from members of the public.

‘Everybody took part and enjoyed the festivities while helping us to raise money for such a worthy charity.’

Mr Lozano thanked everyone who donated.

He said: ‘It was a really good event and the nativity service from the Salvation Army was brilliant – everyone enjoyed it.

‘We were told about the charity by a regular and thought “wow, that’s a good cause”’.

The charity offers free and confidential help to victims of crime through highly-trained staff and volunteers.

Mrs Haque added: ‘Eighty per cent of funding is from the government but it’s not enough.

‘We really rely on, as an organisation, donations and fundraising in order to keep it running.’