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Daily launches foodbank appeal to fight post-Christmas lull

A regional daily has launched a month-long foodbank appeal to combat a post-Christmas lull in donations.

The South Wales Argus is urging readers to support the drive by dropping off good at the newspaper’s Newport office throughout January.

The appeal will support the Trussell Trust-run foodbank at Newport’s Christchurch Centre.

Figures from the charity showed a steady increase in foodbank usage across Gwent last year.

Foodbank volunteers at Newport's Christchurch Centre

Foodbank volunteers at Newport’s Christchurch Centre

Argus editor Nicole Garnon said: “We are starting a collection in the South Wales Argus office because after Christmas donations to foodbanks tend to fall off.

“Christchurch Centre do an excellent job in looking out for the most vulnerable people in our midst.”

Christchurch conference director Jon Slocombe added: “The publicity we have been given by the Argus has been fantastic and I cannot say thank you enough.

“I hope as many people as possible will be able to donate to the campaign. It is humbling. This will reach a lot of people who are in need of our support.”