A ROMSEY bank has donated hundreds of pounds to a town charity to provide more support over the holiday season.

TSB Romsey has given Jane Scarth House, based on The Hundred, £200 for its festive donation for help through the winter.

The donation is part of a nationwide Christmas donation programme by TSB, which is giving every one of its branches to gift to a local cause.

Jane Scarth House, which opened in 1995, provides support for free to those living with cancer, and their carers. It helps hundreds of people every year.

TSB has given more than £1.7 million to a variety of causes across Britain since its local charity partnerships launched in 2015. This year, a record 27,000 nominations were received from charities across the country.

Angela Saunders, the manager of the Romsey bank, said they were delighted that the money would make a real difference to the community they serve.

She said: "We're delighted to be able to help Jane Scarth House with this donation.

"We chose to give this money to Jane Scarth House because we know that the additional support will be a great help this Christmas.

"It's fantastic to know that the £200 we are giving them will really make a difference to people in our local community."

The charity last year moved to its new premises on The Hundred, which has counselling rooms and therapy rooms.

It was set up by family members of young Romsey mother Jane Scarth, who died from cancer more than 20 years ago.

In 2014, it was threatened with closure by former owners Wessex Cancer Trust, but after months of fundraising, volunteers made the decision to take over the running under the name of Romsey Cancer Support Centre.

Sarah Rowcliffe, charity ambassador for the House, said: "I'd really like to thank TSB for the team's support.

"It's great to see a national company supporting the communities they serve at such a local level. TSB's donation is really helping us share the Christmas cheer by funding additional counselling at what can be a very difficult time."

The charity is focused on supporting the people of Romsey and the surrounding area with a range of services including befriending, aromatherapy and other therapies.