This year is going to be different but there will still be a huge effort from community groups to make sure that everyone in the community enjoys a festive Christmas. This has been tough year for so many, so if you can help, please contact the relevant charities below so hopefully no-one falls through the cracks and everyone has a reason to smile this Christmas.
Swift Couriers Louise Purton Christmas Toy Appeal
If you would like to donate a gift, we need presents suitable for boys and girls, 0 – 19 years old. Gifts need to be new and un-wrapped. Please drop off gifts at these locations, or to arrange a collection please call 01635 571703 and Swift Logistics Group will happily come and collect.
West Berkshire FoodBank Reverse Advent Calendar
Newbury Christmas Dinners
Christians Together in the Newbury area are offering a community Christmas Day meal delivery service this year using the St. George’s Church Kitchen and Hall for their meal preparations, with grateful thanks to them for allowing them to use their excellent premises.
Unfortunately, due to the covid situation, they are not able to have their usual celebration but they have decided to do meal deliveries at home to the elderly and vulnerable who would otherwise be without a cooked meal, within 5 miles of Newbury.
Should you or anyone you know be in this category please contact Joanna on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07828244119 with their contact details for meal and gift delivery on Christmas Day.
This could not take place without willing volunteers who give up this special day to support the elderly people in every way possible to make Christmas Day a remarkable one for them.
Spotlight UK Berkshire’s Christmas Toy Appeal
West Berkshire Council’s Community Santa & Giving Tree Appeal
In addition to the annual Giving Tree Appeal for victims of domestic abuse, this year the Council is also running a Community Santa appeal to bring a smile to those in our communities who have had a particularly difficult time, perhaps through isolation or bereavement. Please donate by 7 December.
Hungerford Christmas Day ‘Lunch’ Appeal
For the last four years, about 30 guests and a small army of helpers have spent Christmas Day enjoying lunch together in the Methodist Church Hall. This year will obviously have to be different. Instead of lunch, we’re planning to deliver some Christmas treats & chat by phone, to still make Christmas Day special for those who would otherwise be alone. If you would like to help or contribute to the costs please email email@example.com or phone Catherine on 07717 133021.
Adopt a Family this Christmas
Shannon Oakey has set up the Adopt a Family this Christmas facebook group to appeal for Christmas gift donations for families in need. The drop-off point is the Co-op on Hungerford High Street. Please contact Shannon on facebook if you would like to donate or you know a family in need.
Wantage & Grove FoodBank Christmas Parcel Scheme
Christmas parcels usually contain a Christmas pudding, a Christmas cake, a tin of ham, a tin of salmon, mince pies, biscuits and other appropriate items, donations of which are gratefully received. Please note that the ‘best before’ date on these items should at least be the January after Christmas.