Tis the Season of Goodwill
As we head towards the big C in just 4 weeks, and because it’s good to get into the spirit of giving, I thought I would highlight a few local and national charities that you may wish to support this year.
The Big Red Box Project
BIG RED BOX is a King’s Church London Christmas initiative supporting those in the local community who might otherwise go without during the festive period by collecting food and distributing Christmas hampers through partner organisations.
Having launched their Christmas hamper project in 2011 and ran it for two years under the title ARMS WIDE OPEN, wanting to express that our arms are wide open to the people around us. Since then, the number of hampers collected has risen from 215 in 2012 to 2,136 in 2018.
Whilst the majority of hampers have been donated by individuals, families or community groups from within King’s Church London, many local educational institutions and businesses have also been involved in providing hampers. The hampers are distributed through partner organisations, such as Social Services and local charities, who deliver them to individuals and families for whom life is hard.
Carers Lewisham provide a range of services including advice, information, emotional support, breaks, opportunities to meet other carers, relaxation days and well-being sessions, coping strategies, specialist support for parent carers, carers of people with dementia, carers of people with mental health problems, older carers and carers who are caring for someone nearing the end of their life.
Although they are an independent charity they are also a member of the Carers Trust. Membership enables them to access funds and other support to improve how they support carers.
Jericho Road Project
The Jericho Road Project (JRP) exists to alleviate poverty in South East London. Started in 2001 it aims to support those who live on the streets, helping them to become functioning members of society who make their own contributions to their community.
They work with people as they are – homeless, evicted, addicted, lacking hope – and help them make good choices that enables them to progress in life. They help people with their benefits, housing and addiction advice as well as giving support to attend appointments. They also aim to have fun along the way, and every year organise events including going on a five-day break.
We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
Lewisham Foodbank has been operating since October 2013. We started off in Malham Christian Centre (now Hope Centre) in Forest Hill. We have four centres across the borough, and Carol, our paid Co-Ordinator, is supported by lots of volunteers. Our Foodbanks operate six days a week. Click here to find out when our centres are open.
In 2015/16 Lewisham Foodbank fed 2975 adults and 1875 children – that’s an increase of 20% on 2014/15. Thank you everyone for making it happen.
Wear a silly jumper and get every single person you know to do the same!
Then donate £2 – it’s for the kids, people!
Together, as one awesome team, we’ll be changing the actual future! Awesome.
3 SUPER IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW:
- Sign up (https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day/register)and get your free fundraising pack. It’s full of cool stuff like my Fundraising Game Plan and everything else you need to make Christmas Jumper Day epic.
- Tell EVERYONE you know that Christmas Jumper Day is happening on Friday 13 December. Good news: no one needs to buy a new sweater – just decorate or swap an old one
- Then donate. It’s only £2 (or £1 if you’re at school). You’ll be helping make the world the best place on Earth for children!
These are just a few examples of how we can support those in need this Christmas and really partake in the Season of Goodwill.
I’m also delighted to say that I am participating in the Culverley Green Advent Windows for 2019 and my house will be featured on 23rd December. We would love to have your support for this fantastic local event.