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Publication date:- 2017-09-12

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½ of adults in the North West admit to overspending on food at Christmas

50% of adults in the North West admit to spending too much on food at Christmas, according to a new nationwide poll by ComRes for charity Christian Aid about festive charitable giving and food waste habits.

The poll also revealed:-

►  Of those in the North West who admitted to overspending on food at Christmas, 50% say they would overspend by up to ₤50, and 20% by ₤50 to ₤100.

►  People of the North West most likely to say they bin Brussel sprouts (13%), Christmas pudding (12%) and cranberry sauce (9%) from the Christmas dinner.

►  43% of people in the North West said they're more likely to help those less fortunate at Christmas than at other times of the year.

The poll is published as Christian Aid launches stop motion film:- 'Oh What A Waste,' using real food from the traditional Christmas dinner, combined with a unique version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, to highlight the vast quantity of edibles the UK public throws away every year.

The statistics used in the film are based on existing research and include 70 million mince pies, 4 million puddings and 2 million turkeys. The film is part of the charity's annual Christmas Appeal, and is encouraging people to save their money this Christmas and spend it on food that really matters; waste less, save money and save lives.

For every pound the public give to the appeal to support people living in poverty, the UK Government will also give a pound. That's double the support for families struggling to feed themselves in South Sudan, meaning even more mothers and infants under 5 in South Sudan will be saved from the life threatening effects of malnutrition.

Eirlys Jessop, Christian Aid's Regional Coordinator for Southport, said:- "We really hope the people of Southport enjoy Oh What A Waste as a bit of festive fun, but that it also highlights an important issue. If we all cut back a little on food we tuck into this Christmas, we can all save a little and waste less. Hunger is not inevitable. There is enough food in the world to feed everyone; yet thousands of people around the world, including South Sudan, still go to bed hungry. The crisis in the African nation has reached unprecedented levels, with an estimated 6 million people facing food insecurity. If left untreated, acute malnutrition; the most extreme form of food crisis; can lead to death.  Please do share the film, waste less and donate what you can to our Christmas Appeal; with all donations being doubled by the UK Government."

Just ₤5 could provide a cash voucher to provide enough food for a family for 4 days, and ₤10 feed a family in South Sudan for a week.  Donations made to the Christmas Appeal between 6 November 2017 and 5 February 2018 will be matched up to ₤2.7 million. The UK Government's match will fund our work in South Sudan.

To watch Oh What A Waste visit:- CAid.Org.UK/12Days, and to donate visit the Christmas Appeal's website.

Survey reveals why Brits love British more than ever before

WITH Brexit looming, recent research suggests Brits are turning to traditional British comfort food more than ever before and further cementing the growing trend with 6 in 10 Liverpudlian's saying when given the choice they would always choose a product that was made in the UK.

The research conducted by Young's Seafood polled 2,000 adults and revealed what Brits love so much about British food with over 60% citing the fact it is traditional and comforting. Not only do they feel love for these dishes but Brits even have an emotional reaction when they eat them with ½ expressing it makes them feel good and 45% reminding them of their childhood. It's not surprising then that 1 in 5 voted fish fingers, beans and chips as their favourite British meal, a classic childhood dish.

A whopping 95% of Liverpudlian's agreed that family meal times are important with Roast chicken, fish and chips and Shepherds pie, all making the top 10 line up of favourite British meals. Over ¾ of Liverpudlian's voted British food as the best in the world with prawn cocktail, a full roast chicken dinner and apple and blackberry crumble voted the ultimate 3 course meal.

When it comes to cooking traditional cuisine over ¾ enjoy cooking traditional British meals with Mum being the sole teacher at 58%, but nearly ½ having taught themselves how to rustle up these types of dishes.

A traditional meal wouldn't be complete without a British favourite, with the survey further revealing a list of favourite British brands that include Heinz, Warburton's, Young's Seafood and Marmite; all of which take pride of place on kitchen tables all over the country.

A spokesperson for Young's Seafood said:- "It's great to see most Brits would choose products made in the UK and that you still cannot beat simple British classics like beans on toast or a fish finger sandwich. Young's have been making delicious fish dishes here for over 200 years and are proud to be recognised as a favourite British brand still making the only branded fish finger in Britain."

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