Jersey Christmas Appeal facing extra pressure in 2011

Rising unemployment is putting extra pressure on the Jersey Christmas Appeal, according to the chairman.

The charity estimated more than 1,500 families were in need of its support over the Christmas period.

The money raised by the radio charity auction on BBC Radio Jersey on Sunday will go towards food hampers, food and fuel vouchers and toys.

Peter Paturel said the high unemployment could lead to more requests for help.

The food hampers and vouchers are given to older people and families in need each year at Christmas.

Figures from the 2011 Jersey census showed 2,569 were unemployed on 27 March.

Mr Paturel said: "The number is rising which is not surprising with the economic environment we are in, that has added extra pressure in Jersey and families are finding it more of a struggle.

"We are getting new applications this year, generally speaking we have helped 1,500 families for a few years but that may well increase because of the new applications."

The Jersey Charity Auction is broadcast on BBC Radio Jersey (88.8fm) from 09:00 GMT on 11 December.

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