Forest players backing campaign to help feed hungry at Christmas
FOREST players are urging people to back the Post's Five Tons of Tins campaign by donating to families in need.
The campaign aims to collect five tons of tinned food for Nottingham's food banks by Christmas.
Organisations which have already backed the campaign include the Queen's Medical Centre and Experian as well as community groups, schools and churches across the county.
People can leave cans at their nearest collection point – see list below.
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Reds captain Danny Collins said the campaign was especially important at this time of year. He said: "Christmas is a special time for most of us but not everyone enjoys the festive period. More and more people are struggling to put food on the table for their families and that's why I'm lending my support to the Nottingham Post's campaign."
Striker Billy Sharp added: "It's shocking that so many people are having to turn to food banks to put a hot meal on the table for themselves and their families. The Post's campaign is a fantastic way of raising awareness of the problems many are facing."
There are eight food banks in Nottingham and the surrounding area, at Bestwood, Clifton, Aspley, Sneinton, Beeston, Broxtowe Estate, Chilwell and one which covers Radford and Hyson Green.
Three more are set to open in St Ann's, The Meadows and Arnold by Christmas.
The banks provide free food parcels made up of donations, and are each seeing an average of 100 people coming through their doors every month.
Defender Dan Harding also asked people to throw their weight behind the campaign by giving as many tins as they could towards the 11,000 total.
He said: "Nobody in this day and age should be going hungry but it's a sad fact that more and more people are struggling to provide food for their families. I would urge as many people as possible to support The Post's campaign."
Have you been helped by a food bank?
Or are you a volunteer at one? If you would like to tell your story, or update us on how your collection is going, please contact Emily Winsor on 0115 905 1951 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.