Seasonal charity initiatives are the perfect way to have yourself a merry little Christmas and give back to those less fortunate, with plenty taking place across the county and beyond.
From donating a gift and buying raffle tickets, to filling a box full of goodies for those in need, SoGlos finds 10 Christmas charity initiatives to get involved with this winter, right on your doorstep in Gloucestershire.
Cobalt is one of the charities participating in The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2017, the UK’s largest charity match funding campaign which doubles each donation made between Tuesday 28 November to Tuesday 5 December 2017.
The donations will go to support Cobalt’s nurse specialists for teenagers and young adults with cancer, offering the chance to make a difference to the lives of young people living across Gloucestershire. What’s more, Cobalt is also offering a range of Christmas cards that can be bought online to raise funds during the festive season.
For more information visit thebiggive.org.uk directly.
SoGlos’s charity of the year Allsorts has launched a seasonal Christmas Appeal, with the aim of raising £5,000 and granting the wishes of local children during the festive season.
The charity, which works to support children with disabilities, is appealing to individuals to make a gift during the Christmas period, with donations able to buy treats such as boxes of Lego, trampolining sessions, and sensory light shows.
For more information visit allsortsglos.org.uk directly.
Stagecoach West will be visiting various venues across the county this December in its Christmas Carol Bus, raising money in aid of the James Hopkins Trust, which makes a difference to the lives of children with life threatening illnesses.
The team of bus drivers will be touring Gloucestershire and raising Christmas cheer, illuminating the street with its transformed twinkling gold bus and singing their hearts out – with locals invited along to show their support!
For more information visit stagecoachbus.com directly.
A Gloucestershire charity that supports adults with life limiting illnesses, Longfield has launched its Light Up a Life 2017 initiative, offering the chance to dedicate a star to a loved one to hang on its Christmas tree.
Offering a special seasonal tribute, the hanging star can be a gift to remember someone special, with the completed tree adorned with hundreds of meaningful dedications. Meanwhile, there will be a Light Up a Life celebration on Sunday 10 December 2017, when everyone will gather together and hang their stars.
For more information visit longfield.org.uk directly.
An independent charity whose work dates back 25 years, Carers Gloucestershire invites locals to get involved in its work this winter, when its annual Christmas raffle offers the chance to win some great prizes.
The closing date for raffle entry is Friday 15 December 2017, with tickets costing just £1 and all money raised going directly to benefit the charity’s carers, with prizes including hotel breaks, luxury food hampers, and pantomime tickets up for grabs, all of which have been donated by supporters.
For more information visit carersgloucestershire.org.uk directly.
Stroud-based charity Meningitis Now has a number of ways to get involved, from hosting its annual concert at Gloucester Cathedral on Thursday 14 December 2017 and offering a range of Christmas cards, to fundraising scheme ‘Get Your Glitter On’, when groups can host their own sparkling event to raise money.
What’s more, Meningitis Now will host its annual Ribbon Appeal, remembering loved ones by decorating a Christmas tree with ribbons of remembrance sent in by its supporters, who can also make a donation to support the charity’s ongoing work.
For more information visit meningitisnow.org directly.
Local homeless charity Emmaus has launched Operation Backpack which aims to help rough sleepers survive during the coldest time of the year. The initiative encourages people to donate rucksacks packed with essentials including thermal socks, gloves, hats, scarves, sleeping bags, and waterproof sleeping mats.
There will be a planned drop-off event at the Stroud Emmaus Shop on Friday 1 December 2017, while the charity will also accept filled backpacks until March 2018 – and the season of goodwill is the perfect time to show your support and join in with the efforts.
For more information visit emmaus.org.uk directly.
Gloucester’s branch of the Salvation Army will join in the charity’s Christmas Present Appeal, asking people to support their local centre by donating new unwrapped toys and gifts for children who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present.
Those wanting to get involved can head to the Gloucester Salvation Army Corps with their donation by Sunday 3 December 2017, while there’s also the chance to donate regular and one-off gifts to help the organisation’s ongoing work.
For more information visit salvationarmy.org.uk directly.
A national charity organisation with a number of foodbanks across the county, The Trussell Trust will support people facing hunger during the winter by teaming up with Tesco and FareShare for the UK’s biggest food collection, #EveryCanHelps.
Taking place from Thursday 30 November to Saturday 2 December 2017, the charity urges people to get involved by donating food, collecting it, or spreading the word, with the ultimate aim to stop UK hunger.
For more information visit trusselltrust.org directly.
Gloucestershire charity CCP organises a Christmas giving scheme, Hamper Scamper, which is designed to spread seasonal cheer amongst disadvantaged children, young people, families and vulnerable people, during the festive period.
Last year’s efforts saw 2,500 gifts, 1,148 food parcels, and 959 volunteers lending their time for the cause, and this year set to continue the good work. There are many ways to take part in Hamper Scamper, such as donating food or gifts, organising a collection at a workplace, church or school, making a financial contribution, or helping with sorting, wrapping and packing.
For more information visit ccp.org.uk directly.
By Kathryn Purvis
Tuesday 21 November 2017
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