Christmas time is clearly one of marked contrasts between the haves and have-nots and Blackpool Supporters’ Trust is holding its second Foodbank Collection this Saturday 8th December in aid of the local charity HIS Provision. The Trust is once again calling on the goodwill of all Blackpool fans to donate to this Christmas foodbank appeal in support of those members of Blackpool’s community who are less fortunate than some. Whatever you can donate to help bridge that divide will be deeply appreciated. HIS Provision, based on Central Drive, is asking for non-perishable food items: tea, coffee, soup, pasta, beans, tinned meat and vegetables; treats: chocolate, selection boxes etc; toys, nice toiletries for parents and teenagers; items for stocking fillers such as socks, gloves, hats, felt tips, crayons, notebooks or makeup; and clothes in good condition.

BST will be manning collection points outside Bloomfield Road West Stand between 1pm and 3pm this Saturday 8th December to receive donations.

As an initiative to boost donations, two suggestions:

1) could you spread the word among your work colleagues this week and act as a collection-point for whatever they can contribute?

2) would you consider leafletting your near neighbours (regardless of whether they are football fans or not) and again offer to act as a collection-point for whatever they can contribute? Maybe print out the top paragraph of this message and add your contact details then post as a flier through the letter-boxes in your immediate vicinity?

Let’s encourage as many people as possible to support this vital community initiative and help make a difference at Christmas time. Thank you, BST committee.

I am sure this will be a success. As we know Blackpool is often deemed one of the poorest towns in the UK so hopefully this initiative will help people but at the same time give them an affinity with the football club or at least the supporters.

Well done to BST.