Hope is on its way to children in Newcastle this Christmas, as The Children’s Society launches its GIVE HOPE campaign 

This Christmas, The Children’s Society has launched a campaign called ‘Give Hope’– calling on people to buy a real gift for a vulnerable child or young person in need. 

Anyone can visit the online shop and purchase a gift of their choice – whether that’s vital essentials or joyful treats. The Children’s Society services will deliver these gifts to children in Newcastle and around the UK throughout the festive season and beyond. 

Gifts will include: 

  • Essential items, such as food supplies and internet access 
  • Well-being gifts, such as mindfulness resources and exercise equipment 
  • Covid-19 support packages, such as hygiene kits and family essentials 
  • Classic Christmas presents, such as books, digital music vouchers, and arts and crafts supplies 

The premise is simple. In just a few clicks you can buy a gift for a young person in need. The Children’s Society then sends you a PDF gift certificate you can download. This means supporters can purchase a gift on behalf of another person – the perfect Christmas gift for a friend, colleague or loved one during this time. 

During the Covid-19 crisis, the charity has been working tirelessly to continue to support children most at risk. Many children were already in vulnerable situations and the pandemic has put them at greater risk than ever before. As winter approaches, this Christmas is likely to be one of their hardest yet. 

In addition to those already at risk, Covid-19 and mass unemployment have meant that this will be the first Christmas in destitution for thousands more children and young people.  

Rob Jackson, The Children’s Society’s Service Director for the North of England, said: “It’s hard for many to feel excited about Christmas this year, after so many long and difficult months. Many families will be worried about money and work. Most people will be unable to get together with their friends and relatives as they usually would. Give Hope is about trying to rekindle the feeling of joy and excitement we normally see in the festive season. People can choose from a range of gifts and essential items, which will make a real difference to a young person’s life.” 

The Children’s Society’s frontline staff are continuing to work closely with children and young people this Christmas season. All gift options have been selected based on the experience of the charity’s teams who work directly with young people. 

Throughout 2020, the charity has faced a significant drop in income. It has had to change the way it delivers services, cancel large events and close all of its 106 charity shops for many months. Supporters of ‘Give Hope’ can also give a direct one-off donation to the charity if they so wish.  

Give Hope will launch on 30th October and gifts start at £5.00.  

For more information, please go to www.givehope.uk 

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