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Feed a Family This Christmas: Be golden like Joe and help our appeal

By Heather Large | Feed a Family | Published:

He has represented Team GB at the Olympics and now gold medallist Joe Clarke is showing his support for our Feed A Family This Christmas appeal.

Olympic gold medallist Joe Clarke lends his support to the Express & Star's feed a Family at Christmas campaign as he pays a visit to Hednesford Valley High School

The slalom canoeist, from Stafford and Stone Canoe Club, is one of the first well-known faces to back is showing his support for the Express & Star appeal.

We are collecting donations of non-perishable food which will be passed on to food banks and other charitable organisations across the Black Country and Staffordshire.

We are asking for gifts of festive food, such as mince pies, chocolates and Christmas puddings, as well as basics like canned goods, long-life milk, fruit juice, pasta and rice.

Non-food items such as toiletries, baby supplies, new socks and small presents are also welcome.

Joe, aged 24, who won a gold medal in Rio, said it was the time of year when it was important to think of others.

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"Christmas time is for family and giving. In my eyes, it is about being generous and doing that means helping people in need and those who are less fortunate," he added.

The good causes we will be supporting again this year are The Well (Home of Wolverhampton Food Bank), the Good Shepherd Ministry, based in Wolverhampton, the Black Country Food Bank, which has centres across Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall, Smethwick Food Bank, Walsall North Food Bank and Cannock and District Food Bank.

The appeal will also be supporting The Haven which provides both practical and emotional support services to women and children who are affected by domestic violence and homelessness.

Lisa Riley is backing our Feed a Family campaign

Former Emmerdale star Lisa Riley, who will be appearing in Jack and The Beanstalk at Wolverhampton Grand, has already backed the campaign saying it was great way to help those who may be struggling at this time of year.

Heather Large

By Heather Large
Special projects reporter - @HeatherL_star

Senior reporter and part of the Express & Star special projects team specialising in education and human interest features.

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