CLUBS, organisations and individuals have all rallied together in support of a local foodbank this festive season.

The Miners Lamp Community Cafe's Christmas Hamper Appeal has been well supported with notable, generous donations coming in from Prudhoe Youth Football Club's Osprey team, who raised £100 through a raffle, and Egger UK which donated £1,000 to the worthy cause by matching miles ran by one of their employees Noel Urwin.

The hampers were donated to people in the community facing financial poverty or those who may be spending the holiday season alone.

"Many of those at Christmas have to decide whether to eat or have heat!", said trustee Russ Greig. "So what many people see as ordinary items to have at Christmas are luxuries some can’t afford.

"Our hampers are also a way to show those who may be spending Christmas alone that people still care about them.

"We’re delighted with all of the donations that we received from so many in our community, including local running clubs Prudhoe Plodders, Stocksfield Striders as well as Wylam Women's Institute not to mention all of the individuals who have donated to our hamper appeal or food bank over the Christmas period."

Santa Claus visited the community hub on Christmas Eve to the delight of local children and families.

The foodbank remains open over the festive period, supporting the Northumberland Communities Together Team.