It's easy to get carried away at Christmas and forget not everyone is looking forward to the festivities. 

It's the time of year people tend to indulge, but not all are fortunate enough to be able to. 

And charity begins at home, right? Bridport's food bank Cupboard Love is appealing for donations - and the community is getting involved. 

Symondsbury School has organised a drop-off point for donations for Cupboard Love - and has the backing of Bridport restaurant The Stable. 

Donations needed: 

  • Long life milk
  • Sugar
  • Tea/coffee
  • Toiletries 
  • Pasta sauces
  • Tins of soup
  • Canned meats
  • Tins of rice pudding
  • Tins of vegetables
  • Rice/pasta
  • Biscuits/chocolate

Unfortunately, the school can't take fresh or perishable goods. 

You can make donations of the above at Symondsbury School, St Catherine's Pre-school, Egg Cup Tearooms and The Stable in Bridport. The pizza restaurant is also offering a 10 per cent discount off all orders when donating to the food bank. 

The cut off point for this particular collection is this Friday (December 7). 

Fourteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons.

The number of people turning to food banks has increased and now stands at the highest on record. More people have needed the help of a food bank following changes to the benefit system and the rollout of Universal Credit. 

According to charity The Trussell Trust, more people than ever are expected through food bank doors this Christmas.