It’s UK Charity Week, and with Christmas less than three weeks away, what better way to enter the ‘season of goodwill’ than some festive activities that give back to charity.
Whether you’re on the hunt for Christmas presents that go the extra mile, are wanting to give a gift that’s just that bit more special, or simply want to have some festive fun – we’ve come up with five festive activities to help celebrate the season whilst raising money for charities across the country.
Give gifts that give back
With shopping a big focus at Christmas, it’s easy to forget that ‘tis the season of goodwill’. Instead of heading straight for the high-street, why not buy Christmas gifts for loved ones from shops that give back? Charity shops such as Sue Ryder are full of hidden gems and 100% of profits go towards supporting palliative, neurological and bereavement care.
Volunteer at a charity or shelter
At Christmas, one of the best things that you can give, is the gift of time. Charity shops are always on the hunt for volunteers to lend a helping hand – especially at Christmas – and volunteering for a couple of hours at your local shop or shelter, is an easy and fulfilling way to spread joy outside of traditional present giving.
Send charity Christmas cards
Sending your loved ones Christmas cards is a common way to spread festive cheer, but what about sending cards that also give back? If you’re concerned about the percentage of money given to charity, try buying from smaller, independent shops instead of the usual high-street suspects – you might be surprised at how much the charity donation increases!
Hold a festive fundraiser
Everyone loves a good excuse for a get-together and what better reason than an event in aid of Christmas and charity. Invite your friends and family over for an evening of mulled wine and mince pies, set up a stall at your local Christmas fete or put on a carol concert, and ask guests to donate a couple of pounds to your charity of choice. Not only will you raise money for a good cause, but you’ll have a great time doing so!
Donate on behalf of a loved one
For those looking to do something that little bit more special this Christmas, donating to a charity in place of traditional gifts for your loved ones is a wonderful way to celebrate the festive season whilst also doing good. Sending a monetary donation to a charity, such as Smile Train (a donation of £10 or £20) is an easy way to give a gift that will last a lifetime and is also a great option for anyone who has left their present buying to the last minute!