News & Star column 12.12.19

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CUOSC, in conjunction with Carlisle United, are holding a foodbank appeal on Saturday – and we aiming to make it a bumper Christmas special.

Blues fans will be hoping to see United collect three points against Grimsby but they can also make a difference by helping out Carlisle Foodbank.

The main collection point will be at the CUOSC supporters’ surgery in the Study Centre, next to the club shop, between 1.30 and 2.30pm prior to the game. There may be a chance to meet a couple of ‘off duty’ players who will be calling in.

Fans can also drop off contributions at the Pioneer ticket office earlier in the week.

CUOSC members could bring their donations to the members’ meeting being held earlier the same day. It is taking place in the Sunset Suite at Brunton Park from 11am to 12.30pm.

Previous foodbank collections have always been well supported and we hope this one will be no different

Carlisle Foodbank tries to provide three days of emergency food for people in crisis.

Every donation counts no matter how big or small. The Foodbank is always in need of UHT or powdered milk. Also toiletries, nappies, baby wipes and household cleaning products would be appreciated.

A list of items welcomed includes: Milk (UHT or powdered), Sugar (500g), Long Life Fruit Juice (carton), Packet Soup, Pasta Sauces (tin, jar or packet), Sponge Pudding (tinned), Custard (tinned or packet instant),Tomatoes, (tinned), Cereals, Rice Pudding (tinned), Small Box Tea Bags/Small Instant Coffee, Instant Mashed Potato, Rice, Tinned Meat/Fish, Tinned Fruit and Vegetables, Tinned Spaghetti, Tinned Ravioli, Jam/Marmalade, Biscuits or Snack Bars, Pot Noodles, Toiletries such as toilet roll, deodorant, shampoo, soap, nappies, baby wipes and household cleaning products.

At the CUOSC members’ meeting supporters will have to opportunity to question their representatives, including Billy Atkinson and Jim Mitchell who sit on the club’s boards. We hope as many members as possible attend.

It was great to see the Blues reach the FA Cup third round this week. A hard fought replay win over Forest Green has earned them a tie against Championship side, Cardiff – something to look forward to in the New Year. It also means new head coach Chris Beech is still unbeaten after three games. Let’s hope he stretches that run to four against Grimsby.