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Delighted by donations

GENEROUS shoppers donated tons of food to help Bognor Regis residents in need of meals this Christmas.

 

A procession of people handed over tins and packets of essentials such as soup, baked beans, fruit and pasta, and seasonal treats like puddings and biscuits to the town’s foodbank.

 

The three-day collection at Tesco in Shripney Road saw a record 24 tons in 121 crates handed over. Sue White, foodbank project co-ordinator, said: “The collection was incredibly successful. We had much more donated than the 1.7 tons last year.

 

“People have been so generous. They said they had been hearing so much about foodbanks in the news that they wanted to help us.

 

“We are extremely busy – our numbers were up 34 per cent between March and September – and all these donations will be put to good use.”

 

Saturday’s collection was held by 40 Cubs from eight packs around the town. One of those who eagerly helped out was Imogen Curd, eight, of 1st Felpham Cubs. She said: “I enjoy giving people the

 

leaflet about the foodbank. It’s the first time I have been involved with this and I’m pleased with how much has been donated.”

 

Wendy Morris, Bognor Regis Scouting’s district training officer, said: “There are 40 Cubs involved from 8am-4pm.

 

“It’s lovely to support the foodbank, especially at this time of year, The Cubs love doing this. It helps them to understand about helping other people.

 

“I’ve been amazed at the generosity I’ve seen today. People have been coming up to us with trolley-loads of food, taking out a carrier bag for themselves and leaving us with the full trolley.”

 

One of those who donated tins of food was Claire Archibald, of Southsea. She said: “I’ve donated mostly to show my two children they are very lucky to have what they have and to help other people who need things.”

 

Tesco will add 20 per cent of the value of the food given to the foodbank in a cash donation.

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