At this time of year, it’s all too easy to get caught up in shopping, menu planning and to do lists, and forget that the smallest act of kindness could make an enormous difference to someone else’s life. This year, there are more ways than ever to spread some Christmas cheer in the direction of those less fortunate. ‘Tis the season of giving, after all. From throwing a party to saving your used stamps, there’s something we can all do to spread a little goodwill this festive season. Read on to find out how to get involved…
1. Help The Homeless
Indulge in a little festive fun and do good at the same time? We’re in. Throw a Crisis Christmas Party to help raise money for the homeless this Christmas. Sign up online and you’ll receive a free party kit. Crisis are also seeking volunteers to help out at their centres over the Christmas period.
Visit www.crisis.org to find out more.
2. Attend A Carol Concert
Age UK will host their annual celebrity carol concert at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square, at 7pm on Thursday 8th December. Ticket prices start from just £15, with proceeds going to support the charity’s work.
Visit www.ageuk.org.uk or call
020 3033 1725 for more information and to book tickets.
3. Donate Unwanted Gifts
Still have a couple of unwanted gifts from last year knocking around? Donate them to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Present Appeal – they’ll be wrapped and distributed to someone in need.
for more information and to locate your closest branch.
4. Buy A Stylish Gift For The Glamour Puss In Your Life
brand Tatty Devine has designed a collection of quirky cat and dog
necklaces and brooches in collaboration with Battersea Dogs & Cats
Home. £3 from the sale of each item will go directly to the charity.
Visit www.tattydevine.com/battersea to shop the collection.
5. Wear A Christmas Jumper
Save The Children are organising a Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 16th December. Whether you’re flying solo or getting your entire workplace onboard, we’d encourage you to pull on your knit and donate £2.
Visit www.christmasjumperday.org or call 020 7012 6400 for more information and to sign up.
6. Save Your Used Stamps
The RNIB runs a stamp appeal to help fund their work with the blind and visually impaired. They receive around £10 for a kilo of used British stamps, and £15 for a kilo of overseas stamps (more for special editions). The stamps are sorted by volunteers. Send any and all of your used stamps to:
RNIB Stamp Recycling PO Box 185 Benfleet SS7 9BH
for more information.
7. Do A Santa Fun Run
Bank some calories for Christmas dinner and help those in need by dressing up as Santa and taking part in a charity fun run. Sign up to run 5k or 10k for the charity of your choice in Victoria Park on 4th December and you’ll even get a free Santa suit!
8. Buy Charity Christmas Cards
Many charities produce beautiful Christmas cards whose proceeds go towards their work. Cancer Research UK even offers personalised options. 15% of the value of each order goes directly to the charity.
Visit www.charitychristmascards.com/cruk to shop the range.
9. Invest In Some Stripy Socks
Matalan are supporting Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Charity with their #GetYourStripes campaign, following the success of last year’s Beanie vs Bobble fundraiser. All proceeds from the sales of their striped mugs, socks, slipper socks and pyjamas will go towards funding Alder Hey’s new Research, Innovation and Education Centre.
Visit www.matalan.co.uk to shop the collection. Share your snaps on social media and you could even appear in their online gallery…
10. Send A Smile
Pop a gift from Barts Charity’s Amazon Wish List into your basket while you’re doing your Christmas shopping to bring a smile to the face of a child or elderly patient spending Christmas in hospital.
Visit www.bartscharity.org.uk to find out more about their Send a Smile campaign.