12:02pm Wednesday 27th November 2013
LABOUR Candidates for the next Westminster election have met with the Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship (PATCH) charity to understand how important the foodbank is becoming in supporting the least well off in Pembrokeshire.
Paul Miller, Labour candidate for Preseli Pembrokeshire and Delyth Evans, Labour candidate for South Pembrokeshire were joined by Vaughan Gething AM, who is also the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty.
PATCH provides essential food items for those struggling to make ends meet, and in line with national trends the local charity has seen an increase in those accessing the service.
Paul Miller said: “PATCH are doing a tremendous job in supporting Pembrokeshire people who are struggling.
"They do a great job throughout the year, but as Christmas approaches, I know that Tracy and the team will go the extra mile to help those who need it.
"That is why I was very pleased to help out with their toy appeal collection in Milford last Saturday morning. By supporting that appeal you too can help make this Christmas extra special for children in our county.”
Delyth Evans said: “It is upsetting to see so many families in Pembrokeshire struggling with the cost of living crisis. Even those lucky enough to have jobs are finding it hard to cope. Organisations like PATCH are a lifeline and it's fantastic to see the generosity of people donating food and toys to this project in time for Christmas.”
As well as toys, PATCH is also seeking donations of wrapping paper, sticky tape, large cardboard boxes and food items.
For information about drop off points see the PATCH Facebook page, visit the website or call 01646 699275/07775571431.
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