Christmas gifts that change lives

There are many ways you can change vulnerable lives this Christmas… 

The news is packed with stories of how tough this winter is going to be for those most in need in our communities.  As  COVID continues to impact many lives, as the bonus Universal Credit payment is withdrawn, as food and utility prices rise as people go into the months when they may usually have to  juggle between ‘eating and heating’ due to financial hardship, together we can all make a difference and help local lives.

Via last year’s Christmas campaign our amazing supporters helped over 1,000 people in need during December 2020 and January 2021, including nearly 400 children. Items provided included over 120 cookers, 100 fridge-freezers and 71 beds during the period.

This year the need is just as great, if not greater. Whatever you can give, your gift really will change lives.

GIVE A DONATION TO CHANGE LIVES NOW VIA OUR ONLINE CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN PAGE 

Whatever you give, you will make a big difference:

Your £5 donation will help to heat a home for a week

Your £10 donation will help to feed a family for a week

Your £25 donation will buy a bed for a child in need

Your £40 donation will buy a cooker for a vulnerable local family

Your £100 donation will provide essentials for family who’ve experienced homelessness

This is due to our unique way of working which means that for every  £10 you donate, we can access £50 from charitable trusts that are available to help local families in need – all of that £50 goes to provide essential items and support.

Festive event

We are excited to be having a stand at our  Proud Business Supporters Bawdon Lodge Farm on Sunday 12th December.  Come along and support our Festive Family Treasure Trail, try your luck in our prize drop game and buy cards and calendars. For more details click here.

Cards and calendars 

Our 2021 range of Christmas cards and our new 2022 calendar – which will help to brighten your 2022 as well as the people’s whose lives you will help to change through your purchase – are available now in our online shop.

Gift certificates

What do you buy the person who has everything?  Don’t want to buy presents which may not be wanted and may end up in landfill?   Want to buy presents which make a difference? Why not buy a very special gift to help change the lives of people in need – such as food or a bed – instead?

Once again you can buy a special ‘gift’ – such as food or a bed – to help someone in desperate need.  We can send you a special personalised gift certificate which you can then give to the person you’ve bought the gift on behalf of, so they know what a difference they’ve helped to make.  You will be able to pay for your gift/s in our online shop and can email us (rachel.markham@charity-link.org) to let us  know what you’d like on your certificate and we will email this to you to pass on (or pop in the post if you prefer).

Remember that by giving a donation, you will be helping to provide a very special gift this Christmas – as we all deserve to be warm, safe and fed – at Christmas, and always.

Festive Five Bed Challenge 

This December, we are asking local businesses to pledge to raise £125 – enough to buy a bed for five local people who are without this essential item this Christmas*.

From having a festive dress up / Christmas jumper day to asking colleagues to give donations instead of swapping Secret Santas, your support will help to alleviate immediate hardship and ensure that 2022 is much brighter for the most vulnerable people across Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire.

Let us know when your donation is made and we’ll add you to our Festive Five Bed Challenge Hall of Fame.

*Due to Charity Link’s unique way of working, for every £10 donated, we untap £50 from Charitable Trusts, all of which goes to provide essential items. We reserve the right give alternative essential items as needed.