The response from the member Churches of CCF to our appeal last month has been truly inspirational. Money, food, toiletries and clothes have come flooding in and our store cupboards are now full to overflowing............and for which we are truly grateful.

Warm coats and good quality trainers are always in demand as are new socks and underwear [as well as cash donations]. But for the time being, could we ask you to hold fire in terms of sending any more second-hand clothing...............until, say, after Christmas.

Special thanks are due to those Churches who sent along people to volunteer. Their contribution cannot be overstated.

Since writing in September, the number of new clients we have seen this year has risen to 535. In 2013, the figure for the full year was 182. We thank God that as the numbers have increased so has His provision to meet their needs.