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£2,065raised of £3,000 target by 41 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,065 to provide food, treats and more. Each helping to support families and people Christmas day across Portsmouth who are really struggling.

    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Friday, 16th December 2016

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    It is a fact right now that thousands of Children and adults across Portsmouth do not have enough to eat. In September, Tesco Cosham supported over 6,000 people locally through community links.

    During the Holidays, when free school meals are not available the problem escalates, we wanted to do something that focused on Christmas. So, we (local ordinary people), some who run charities, some involved supporting local people daily are launching this appeal supported by Tesco.

    The idea is simple, "Can we support 25 families or individuals by raising £25 per family to feed one family on the 25th December." Could we support 250 families. It's a bold question to ask oneself in August! but here we are, can we do this amazing thing?

    What is also a fact. No one particular group in society is unaffected by this. Economic, family, health and other reasons have led people to desperation. I am aghast at the number of children and adults who are hungry all the time. It feels like we are back in Dickensian times!

    250 families is a bold plan and we need your help. The donations that come through this scheme will go to support local people across Portsmouth in different ways.

    For example:

    £25 will provide a hamper of goodies to a family Christmas day

    £5 will provide gas and electric to heat a home over Christmas

    £100 will feed 10 lonely people who can come together over Christmas to be loved, looked after and fed. (Do you know a group??)

    £25 will buy a gift for someone who otherwise has nothing.

    Q: Why not get involved. Maybe your Church, school, local pub, workplace could collect sponsorship money that will benefit children, families or those lonely. See website for info: www.252525.org.uk (live 1st Nov)

    Thanks for your support. Please do donate all you can.

    All monies raised go to those were doing it for. There is a just giving fee of 5% but we felt we needed an easy mechanic. The website and other admin time is all done for free.



    • Mark James

      Mark James

      3 months ago

      Mark James

      Appeal is now closed... thanks everyone.. if you still want to do something for someone before Christmas why not help consider giving to work were doing for the homeless Christmas eve..

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    • Mark James

      Mark James

      4 months ago

      Mark James

      Upto £4,500 now in donations.. if you want to give us cash we can add it to the donation pot. Please pm me if you want to post a cheque and I'll reply with address. As a reminder.. £25 sponsors a family with a gift hamper. £5 buys gas or electric for Christmas. £100 supports a small group doing something for those alone over Christmas... we want to support 250 families or 1000 people... please do give all you can... please do like and share xxx

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    • Mark James

      Mark James

      4 months ago

      Mark James

      I just wanted to update those supporting my Christmas 25 appeal. With the donations made outside of this page factored in we have now raised just over half of our target. We are talking to plenty of people so please do continue to like and share. It's going into all the local press next week following a press release so this will help. We are also now collating a list of recipients and this is really exciting. I can't wait to see the joy your generosity will bring to the faces of others. Can we help someone you know? Pm me if we can. Thabkyoux

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    • Anonymous


      Dec 15, 2016

      Thank you for doing something for others this Christmas. Sorry I can't give more x


    • Mandie & Jasper

      Mandie & Jasper

      Dec 15, 2016

      Well done Mark - what a great thing to do. xxx


    • Paul Houghton

      Paul Houghton

      Dec 14, 2016


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    Mark James

    Mark James

    Portsmouth, United Kingdom

    I launched this appeal with others for a number of reasons. The horrifying reality of what I see around me in terms of need. People need help and I can do something. Also, Christmas day had become a day I always felt guilty. All that food, so many gifts and so much need.

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