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Giving Local People a Christmas

Posted on 07 December 2018


Giving Local People a Christmas

I have no reservations about writing about Christmas, after all it is December and I am now ready to embrace the festive season. First the tree, off we go with a group of friends to the Christmas Tree Farm with our spade and saw to cut down our nordman spruce. I love decorating the tree with a few glasses of bubbles, bublé blaring, my cheeks a glow and loving life. As I am not hosting Christmas this year, I have more time to focus on me! I need to purchase the presents and a few outfits for all the festivities. The beauty regime gets a turbo boost, one needs to look glossy and gorgeous for all the instasnappers. OK, so this all sounds very self-indulgent, shouldn’t Christmas be about spreading goodwill to all?


Christmas does come with high expectations of perfect, happy families enjoying luxurious celebrations and gifts, but there are so many people that could not be further from this ideal. Christmas can intensify feeling of grief, sadness and loneliness. I am very lucky, but I am aware of the need within the community, specifically at this time of year. There are endless opportunities to give to your community but it can be hard to know where to begin. Here are a few ideas to spread some festive cheer near our salons in Reigate, Banstead and Wallington.


The Giving Local People a Christmas campaign is the result of a joint effort from five East Surrey- based charities to encourage donations in the run up to and throughout the Christmas period. To find out more www.varb.org.uk  or pop into your local Reigate or Banstead salon and pick up a flyer.


The Hygiene Bank

Posted on 05 December 2018


The Hygiene Bank

Volunteer Centre Sutton is proud to be an official donation drop-off point for the Hygiene Bank, an entirely volunteer powered initiative that distributes much needed toiletries and beauty/grooming essentials to those in our local community who can’t afford them. They are looking for donations especially for Christmas, they are collecting donations of “hygiene gift bags” to help make life a little better for those in crisis this Christmas. Find out more...go here - https://www.thehygienebank.com/


Sutton Nightwatch

Posted on 05 December 2018


Sutton Nightwatch supports homeless people in Sutton and you can support them by buying their brand new single from itunes, and help them in their bid for the Christmas Number One. You can download the song from itunes here and don’t forget to check out their Youtube music video.


It's time to Give

Posted on 05 December 2018


It's time to give

There are lots of local giving schemes you can make a donation to this Christmas. Here are just some ideas: Epsom and St Helier toy appeal 2018 Staff in the dedicated children’s hospital and children wards at Epsom and St Helier hospitals are looking for NEW toy and book donations to give as gifts to their young patients this Christmas.


Christmas and the festive season is usually a time to spend with loved ones, but for children and young people spending the holidays feeling unwell and poorly on a hospital ward, it can be an upsetting time. For more information on how to donate go here - https://www.epsom-sthelier.nhs.uk/news-and-events/santa-needs-a-little-help-this-festive-season-with-the-epsom-and-st-helier-toy-appeal-2404?fbclid=IwAR2-FmBdtH92N2x3NZZh6MOIg_amFC_mSyOmGgGRr0h9yMsLxZ8_yrLm4Bw 


Sutton Shopmobility

Posted on 05 December 2018


Sutton Shopmobility is a charity providing mobility equipment hire for people with permanent and temporary mobility issues. Based in the St. Nicholas Shopping Centre 3rd floor car park, they have a range of vehicles available to help people with mobility issues to access shops and local facilities. In the run up to Chrismtas, Shopmobility provides a gift wrapping service to shoppers in Sutton in return for a donation. They are looking for volunteer elfs to join the wrapping rota which runs from 11th until 21st December so why not get in the festive mood and help a worthy charity at the same time? Simply come along, join in the fun, wrap some presents and raise some funds! They are recruiting now so if you can help please call Hazel Drye on 07771 575198 or email Hazel.drye@qef.org.uk.


Cancer Research Wallington Shop

Posted on 05 December 2018


The Cancer Research shop in Wallington is looking for new volunteers to help out over the fes-tive period, as well as into the New Year. They urgently need shop assistants and merchandise processors, so whether you like to be front and centre or behind the scenes, you might be just who they are looking for! To find out more please email WallingtonShop@cancer.org.uk.


Christmas Dinner for Sutton

Posted on 05 December 2018


Christmas Dinner for Sutton

For the very first time the borough is creating an amazing Christmas Day for young people who have left the care system. This is part of Lemn Sissay’s Christmas Dinner project and Sutton Volunteer Centre are looking for volunteers to join the “Christmas Dinner for Sutton” family and help with the planning and organisation of this event in the run-up to Christmas Day, and on the day itself.

The day will be filled with food, presents, games, fun and laughter so if you would like to get involved contact Teresa Martucci on cheekyelf2018@gmail.com

Horizon Church Sutton's Seniors Christmas Dinner Wednesday 19th December
Horizon Church Sutton are looking for volunteers to help with their Seniors Christmas Dinner from 2pm to 5pm on Wednesday 19th December. They need help with washing and drying up, clearing tables, sweeping and mopping the floor. If you can help please call Judith Smith on 020 8123 2456 or email judith@horizonchurchsutton.org.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels deliver hot meals to older people all over Sutton. They are looking for extra volunteer drivers and escorts during December. Drivers are needed for the meals on wheels vans, and escorts are needed to accompany drivers and take meals into the person’s home. This is a vital service, especially during the colder months, as it also provides a daily check on their wellbeing. For more information on these roles...

As well as volunteering, you can also support the Christmas Dinner for Sutton by making a donation to this fund which will help pay for the meal, transport and presents. You can make a online donation on Just Giving. - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/christmasdinnerforsutton


Elf Yourself this Christmas by volunteering!!

Posted on 05 December 2018


Elf Yourself this Christmas by volunteering!!

Many charities and organisations in Sutton are looking for some extra volunteering help over the festive season. Here are just some of the opportunities available:

Sutton Carers' Centre

Sutton Carers' Centre are looking for volunteers to help them give carers a special Christmas this year. They are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to help support Centre and Community events throughout the festive period. For more information on how to get in-volved...


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