Concert to support struggling families

Musicians are banding together to stage a special concert in support of Belper’s food bank, as our campaign to provide for local families at Christmas enters its final days.

The “So this is Christmas” event will bring together local talent in support of the town’s needy families on Thursday, December 19.

Confirmed performers include The Captive Audience Kids, singer and storyteller Pete Castle, ukelele ace Phil Doleman, acapella quartet QHQ, Rough Truffles Choir and Red Ruff.

Meanwhile, donations for our Feed Our Families appeal are still coming in - with boxes being packed at our new donations point at Belper Library this week.

Chair of Belper Arts Festival and one of the organisers of the concert, George Gunby, said: “It’s hoped that more names will be added.

“It’s great that such talented people are giving up their time to help the food bank at a time of year when we are all bombarded with images of food and drink.

“Bring along any non perishable food.”

The concert is at number 28, Market Place, Belper. and the entertainment starts at 7:30pm.Admission is free but the organisers are asking for cash contributions or donations of non-perishable food.”

The Belper News is continuing to collect donations at our weekly reporter’s surgeries on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10am and 12pm at the Strutts Community Centre, Derby Road, Belper.

You can also hand over items at our head office at 8 Heanor Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8ER. We’re based at the Ilkeston Advertiser office, opposite Weleda, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. The reception is closed between 1pm and 2pm.

Donations dropped off at Strutts MUST be given directly to the reporter.

Nationally figures show that the use of food banks is rising, which had led to critics of the Coalition saying that more needs to be done to tackle food poverty

Our campaign received lofty praise from Prime Minister David Cameron when our editor attended a reception at Downing Street.