The blockbuster ad campaigns have started, the lights have gone up on high streets across the country, and we’ve had our first mince pies in the office – that Christmas feeling is definitely in the air.
However, as the days get shorter and the nights get colder we’ve also been thinking about how, for many, Christmas isn’t the easiest time. That’s why we’re helping three fantastic local charities make Christmas a little more memorable for the people that use them this year.
Home-Start Bracknell Forest is a local charity supporting ordinary parents dealing with challenges like loneliness, sickness, domestic abuse and mental health conditions. They know that friends are vital at times like these, and so they introduce those who are struggling to someone with parenting experience of their own who can offer regular emotional and practical support.
Berkshire Women’s Aid helps women who seek refuge in times of crisis, offering them support as they rebuild their lives. They work across Bracknell, Reading and Wokingham to give women advice, a shoulder to lean on and when necessary, refuge services to victims of domestic abuse. Often, women aren’t the only ones affected – their children suffer too – and Berkshire Women’s Aid provides support for the whole family.
Crowthorne Food Bank is part of a nationwide network stopping people from facing the threat of going hungry. Regular food donations mean they can provide three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced emergency food to those in need. We’ve been helping collect donations all year and this Christmas wanted to make sure that people could have the same treats that we do.
In times of crisis the smallest thing can make a huge difference. So, loaded up with 114 advent calendars and 57 family-sized boxes of biscuits, we visited each charity to make our donations. For us, it was a poignant reminder of the fantastic work that these organisations do and the impact a small gesture can have on individuals – so we hope you’ll consider making your own donation this Christmas, to whichever cause is close to your heart.