Young people this Christmas

Christmas is traditionally a time people like to give to charity and this year is no different, except it has been financially harder for many charities. We are spotlighting two charities that are hoping to make Christmas extra special for young people this year.

St Christopher’s Fellowship is a charity based in Putney town centre that provides children’s homes, supported housing, fostering services and outreach support to children in care, care leavers and young people who are homeless. Children in care and young care leavers have found their lives and hopes hit hard with everything that has happened this year. Despite this, they remain resilient and continue to look forward to the things they hope do in the future.

“Without your help I don’t know where I would be. I was going to give up so many times and I remember how every time I said that you would just sit on the floor with me and make plans for what I needed to do. It stopped me feeling crushed by it all.” Katy, young person

St Christopher’s Fellowship is launching its Christmas fundraising appeal to help provide care and support for these young people. They aim to raise £20,000 to support children in care, on the edge of care and those leaving care over Christmas and help them look forward to the year ahead. They encourage and support young people to develop their confidence and belief in who they are by creating opportunities for them to follow their interests and nurture their talents. They help young people get the equipment, travel, appropriate clothes and extra tuition to achieve their potential.

2020 marks their 150th birthday. They need the support of generous members of the public to help them reach their funding targets and help young people.  To donate or for more information click here.

Like many things this year, the Met Police have moved their annual Christmas Tree Appeal campaign to virtual. They have partnered with The Childhood Trust on this campaign for the second year. This campaign began with one tree outside New Scotland Yard being decorated with gift tags which provided information on how to buy a present for a child in care. The public were encouraged to take a tag and buy a present, which they then handed in to their local Met police stations. Officers then ensured they were distributed to children across the capital. This year, due to Covid-19, the appeal has become completely virtual with all presents needing to be purchased in their online store. This is to keep everyone safe while still making sure children who may otherwise not receive a gift, have something to open for Christmas.  If you would like to donate or for more information click here .

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