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Giving The Christmas Spirit

The idea of giving at the moment can seem difficult, yet it is, perhaps, the most important time of the year to give. Not just to people less fortunate, but to everyone who needs a light in their life. Christmas is a pure example of the simplicity in how good it feels to give and bring joy to others or someone you care about. This year Covid-19 has impacted this most essential period of the year for charitable fundraising. With charities being unable to plan properly due to the ever-changing state of the country, organisations are really feeling the pressure. Here at CHBVC, we wanted to promote some brilliant campaigns happening right now, amidst these tough times:

The Big Give

Every year, the Big Give creates one of the biggest fundraising campaigns in the UK – The Christmas Challenge. It supported, across the first week of December, many charities efforts and allowed them to double their earnings during this period. Search ‘The Big Give’ to see how it all panned out; it raised £20.1 million for 764 participating charities!

Age UK 

We have been regularly searching for befrienders and helpers for the elderly. With this winter being even more difficult than usual, we believe that no one should have to be lonely this Christmas and, to combat this, Age UK now made its’s advice line open for every day this year including Christmas day.

Mind Charity

Every year Mind has an annual ‘crafternoon fundraiser’, and this year it’s no different – despite Covid-19, Mind has moved it all online. This year has certainly impacted on everyone’s mental health, so it is a better time than ever to focus on your own. Mind has created a ‘crafternoon’ kit, which allows you to donate, and have an afternoon of fun too! 

Just follow this link to have a crafter noon kit sent to you!

Family Action

This charity’s Christmas Toy Appeal has been operating since 2009, and this year is no different. Despite the impact of Covid-19 causing an increase in more families being hit hard this Christmas, they have had 12,00 present donations already. You can get involved as a group or on your own, simply donate to provide Christmas joy this year. Follow this link.

They also have a free ‘FamilyLine’ for emotional support, guidance, practical advice and information. Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 9 pm for anyone aged 18 and over.

Call 0808 802 6666 or Text 07537 404 282

The Children’s Society

Similar, to Family action, The Children’s Society gives hope and happiness to vulnerable children. This charity allows you directly select what you want to give, whether that’s educational, hygiene resources or a creative kit for entertainment. Follow this link.

Kind Direct – Donating Christmas Presents 

Keeping on the topic of presents, this charities campaign “Christmas with Kindness” helps companies know which items are most needed for Christmas this year. Some are exciting such as toys, but sometimes it’s simply toiletries that would benefit families in need. Their social media page is linked here, and I highly recommend you check it out. 

St Mungos

St Mungos is a homeless charity which aims to rebuild lives. They are one of the largest providers of outreach services in the UK. This year they are challenging people to “make a splash” by going for a run or a swim, immersing yourself in the cold conditions which homeless people suffer every winter. It’s quick and easy to sign and up and if you raise £50 they will send you a branded swimming cap! They remind you to put your safety first and check outdoor and temperature guidelines first. Follow this link for more information: https://www.mungos.org/make-a-splash/

Xmas Party Heroes

Many Christmas events have been cut this year, to allow social distancing and safe spaces. This online campaign decided to donate any funding, that would normally be used for Christmas parties, and make a real difference. All promotion was done through social media, which reflects how important being online has become this year. We know without it; we would have struggled. Check out the hashtag #XmasPartyHeroes on Twitter and Instagram to see their campaign. 

CHBVC team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. May 2021 be a better year for all.

Written by virtual volunteer Emily Clugston

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