Donations can bring cheer at Christmas

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Readers are being set the task of helping to brighten Christmas for the neediest families in our community by the News, which is linking up with the town’s food bank in our ‘Feed Our Families’ campaign.

Co-ordinators at charity Hope for Belper say support will mean those who have been referred to the service over the yuletide holidays have at least something festive to share on their dinner tables.

Our campaign for the food bank kicks off this week and we are helping to collect donations at our Strutts Community Centre reporter’s surgery (details on page nine) and at our Ilkeston office.

And to help support the service in the best way possible we have been asked to appeal for non-perishable goods ranging from pasta to Christmas puddings.

Chairman of Hope for Belper, Gareth Greenwod, said: “We are finding things like the bedroom tax are beginning to bite - there were 13 referrals in Belper just last week, which was an unusual spike.

“What would be great is if Belper News readers could help towards our seasonal efforts and we could have a supply of Christmas stuff so even people who are finding this Christmas difficult can still enjoy something festive.

“We still need all our other donations of course, but it would be great if those people who are finding money tight can get a special parcel with the help of Belper News readers.”

Meanwhile, 1st Openwoodgate Scouts, Cubs and Beavers have been doing their own fundraising for Hope for Belper - the charity which runs ‘The Basic Idea’ food bank in the town - handing over a £474 cheque this week after carrying out a sponsored bag pack at Morrisons (pictured).

The youngsters from first Openwoodgate spent six hours at the tills, generating nearly £1,000.

Half of the money went into pack funds - with the rest handed over to Hope for Belper.