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Bishop of Truro's Christmas Plea

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8:02am 25th December 2014

A Cornish bishop who has been leading an inquiry into food poverty urges us to spare a thought for those less lucky this Christmas.

Pirate FM has told you how foodbank organisers are reporting a rise in the number of people turning to them for help.

Truro's branch says it has helped two and a half thousand this year and that figure has risen by a fifth on 2013.

In the last 12 months, the branch in Liskeard and Looe has given out almost 21 tonnes of supplies.

Centres across the Duchy have put together special hampers for families who cannot afford to put a meal on the table this Christmas.

It comes amid fears some children could go hungry over the holidays because they usually rely on free school dinners.
 
The Bishop of Truro, Bishop Tim, wants us to remember the lonely too: "The message for Christmas for Christmas is, extraordinarily in the middle of real problems and difficulties, a message of hope. For some people it's a really hard time and now again this campaign to try and get people to notice if there are people around you who are lonely and to invite them in and make sure that you care for them.

"At this time of year when so much proper focus is on celebration and good news and fun and games, we must not forget those who really struggle and are on the edges of our society and sadly too many people in Cornwall who will be going hungry or who will be lonely or be finding it a real struggle and a sadness."

8:02am 25th December 2014

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