Charities need extra help due to high demand

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 July 2016

John Penrose visiting The Salvation Army.

John Penrose visiting The Salvation Army.


Charities in North Somerset are in need of extra help due to ‘increasing demand’, a new survey has revealed.

In Kind Direct, one such good cause, distributes goods from manufacturers and retailers to charities in need both in the UK and overseas.

This includes 11 charities in Weston-super-Mare and 75 across the whole of North Somerset.

A survey commissioned by the organisation showed a 20 per cent increase in the demand for basic goods in North Somerset, such as clothes and hygiene supplies.

One such charity is the Salvation Army in Carlton Street in Weston, which requires regular help.

Gordon Fozzard, from the Salvation Army, said: “It helps us here in Weston meet the needs of many of the poor and vulnerable in our society.

“We supply food, toiletries, bedding, and other resources to those in need. Our ability to do this is helped by several sources.”

The increasing demand from North Somerset is resulting in charities having to adjust their strategies to keep up.

Laura Hales, head of charity partnerships, said: “In times of budget cuts and reduced funding we’ve found that more and more people in North Somerset are asking their local charities for help that goes above and beyond what the charity was set up to do.

“Unfortunately, we don’t see the situation improving any time soon.”

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