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7 North East charities to support this Christmas

‘Tis the season of goodwill – here’s how you can give something back.

Written by High Life North
Published 09.12.2021

Christmas is supposed to be a time where you create happy memories that will last a lifetime. But for some, it can be one of the toughest times of the year.

After thousands of people in the region have lost their jobs or faced huge pay cuts due to the pandemic, it’s now more important than ever to support those less fortunate during the festive period.

So, here’s how you can spread some Christmas cheer by helping those struggling to put food on the table or gifts under the tree this year…

The People’s Kitchen

With queues for a hot meal now longer than ever since lockdown, The People’s Kitchen’s biggest fundraiser of the year returns. Donate £5 to feed a friend a hot, three-course meal. But this is about more than just a meal; TPK also help to provide a warm place to eat on a cold day, with friendly faces, and gives those in need a chance to have a warm shower and clean, dry clothes.

The charity doesn’t only provide hot meals, either. From 1st December, they’re also hosting an advent – where their friends receive a small gift each day and donate food hampers, alongside children’s presents, for those wanting to spend Christmas at home.


Feeding Families

Christmas is all about happy times, good food and gifts. However, it’s just another stress on top of many families’ daily challenges of living.

This is where Feeding Families can help. Built around the generosity of people willing to help those less fortunate by donating food hampers full of everything to make a special Christmas dinner, it gives families one less thing to worry about – allowing them to actually enjoy Christmas.



Street Paws

The bond between dogs and humans is unbreakable. And for thousands of homeless people, their four-legged companions have been there by their side through the hardest of times.

Street Paws founder Michelle has set up her festive fundraiser, I Believe in Santa Paws Gift Box for dogs, where you can treat your furry family member whilst supporting a dog to enter temporary accommodation with its owner this Christmas.



Project Santa

It’s safe to say, Christmas is always that extra bit special when spending it with the little ones in your life. But many children sadly wake up on 25th December to no presents and go without food.

But Project Santa is here to put a smile on hundreds of children’s faces by working with local schools in Newcastle’s West End to provide food hampers and presents to struggling families, helping to make their Christmas just as special as it should be.



North East Homelessness

With the cold weather now in full force, this North Shields-based charity is on a mission to provide survival equipment, homeless support, hot food and a chance for people to meet and talk with outreach support across the region.

By donating £5, you can give a warm meal to someone in need on Christmas Eve at Newcastle Central Station, which could be the only Christmas gift many will receive. The charity also hopes to raise enough funds to hand out bags of essential items like thermal socks and gloves to homeless people, too.



St Oswald’s Hospice

Not sure what to do with your Christmas tree after the festive period? Well, St Oswald’s Hospice will collect your tree this January and re-cycle it for you.

Save yourself the hassle of a trip to the tip, be kind to the planet and raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice to help them keep offering specialist care for adults, young people, children and babies with life-limiting conditions this Christmas and beyond.

Collection areas: NE1-NE18, NE20-NE22, NE23-NE30, NE39-NE42, NE62-64.


Salvation Army

Spread some Christmas cheer by supporting this gift appeal for toys and festive treats for children who, sadly, wouldn’t otherwise receive a gift.

From soft and educational toys for the youngest children, to games, toys, books and accessories for older ones and treats such as sweets, Christmas cakes and mince pies, by adding an extra present or treat to your shopping list, you can remind families facing a tough winter that their community cares.

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