This year, the BBC raised over £39m to help Children In Need.

In 2014, £350,000 raised by the cause was given to six Nottingham charities.

A donation of £75,000 was given to Nottingham Charity Parents’ Association for Seriously Ill Children.

But this year it’s not just children that need help.

As the amount of money raised by the BBC goes up each year, the amount of money given by the government goes down.

“We provide more than just food; we offer support and advice as well.”

More and more frequently, groups of volunteers are stepping in to try and plug the gaps left by lack of funds.

Over 60 food banks across Nottinghamshire are helping to feed people struggling to put food on the table.

Helen Lloyd, food bank co-ordinator at Daybrook Baptist Church, said: “We provide more than just food. We offer support and advice as well.”

Food is donated to the bank by members of the public and small local food shops.

But it’s becoming increasingly difficult for these groups to meet demand.

Nottingham Community Voluntary Service co-ordinates the work of voluntary groups and their last report has highlighted some of the problems faced by charities.

“Life is getting really difficult for voluntary groups. Grants have almost completely dried up.”

Chief executive Helen Kearsley-Cree told how welfare reforms are unfairly affecting the worst off in society.

With the government intent upon cutting the annual amount spent on benefits, and reducing the amount of money given to local authorities, people in need are struggling to cope.

The Conservative manifesto commits to cut total public spending by one per cent a year in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

With increasing demands made on them, life for the voluntary sector is becoming more and more challenging.

Nottingham Community Voluntary Service is committed to doing what it can to help.

Policy, communications and resources manager Ferg Slade said: “Life is getting really difficult for voluntary groups. Grants have almost completely dried up.  Funds available for commissioned services are reducing year on year.

“We have been picking up the pieces from the state for a long time, and I anticipate that this will remain the case for some time to come.”