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Downham community project welcomes volunteers from across south east London

PUBLISHED: 15:14 21 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:14 21 December 2015

Phoenix staff with volunteers

Phoenix staff with volunteers

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Local businesses also volunteered

A seasonal giving project in Downham aimed at helping people in need has seen more than 500 donations.

On December 17, the festive drive, which aims to to keep struggling families well fed this Cristmas, saw more than 500 items collected by staff from a Lewisham-based housing association.

More than 120 people will benefit from the donations, as Whitefoot and Downham Community Food+ Project aims to refer people to support services delivered by local community partners.

It has seen individuals and families receive training and join employment programmes, while receiving advice on housing issues, debt and benefits.

Local councillor Janet Daby, chair of the Whitefoot and Downham Community Food + Project said: “We’re very grateful to to all of our supporters for their generosity this Christmas.

“We are a voluntary group and rely entirely on donations throughout the year to support our customers.”

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