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PSO chief executive Jo Rowe said about 20 staff and volunteers helped with yesterday’s collection and appeal.
"At this time of year our resources often start to get low so we aim for Octacan to keep us going between now and Christmas ... We are so grateful to everyone who helps, because we could not run without their support."
"We are seeing an increase in demand, we are seeing an increase in need."
Anecdotal reports were that with the economy still suffering from a Covid-19 slowdown and people struggling to find work, demand for the goods contributed yesterday would be strong.
"People are working less hours, or jobs have been lost. We are seeing a significant increase in people approaching us."