Blog. There's still time to donate to our winter appeal

December 3, 2019 | Author: Jeremy Gibson

Christmas is a time to celebrate the good things in life – family, friends, our warm homes, memories of happy times passed and hopes for the future. But there’s a dark side too – loneliness, struggling to make ends meet or even living with an illness can cast a shadow over the festive season.

During the festive period we’ll be supporting hospitality people in lots of ways. For our friend April, who is living with an incurable cancer diagnosis, we’ll be helping her make the most of this festive period by covering some of her living costs. April is a force of nature and a shining light on the Manchester Hotel scene where she’s worked for years. Even the slow progress of her illness doesn’t dull her sparkle and she lights up every room she enters despite how ill she is.

Time with friends and family is the most important thing in April’s life this Christmas and we’re proud to support her with an essential needs and winter fuel grant which helps cover her utility bills and gives her the headspace to focus on the things that really matter.

She told us - ‘It’s less pressure knowing that next month there will be a sum coming in that’ll pay off all the utility bills’.

Click here to watch April's story

Illness, loneliness, money worries, even just being cold are all factors that can make Christmas a miserable rather than merry day and far too many of our hospitality family are facing an unhappy Christmas this year. 

That’s why we’re asking you to give whatever you can to help us help people like April.

Just £10 could pay for three days heating to keep someone like April warm over the Christmas period.

A £100 would provide a full outfit of winter clothing with warm boots for a Golden Friend facing hardship this winter.

£150 would provide a Winter Fuel Grant to a family on a low income warm their home as the cold sets in.

We’ll also be there for the hospitality families facing destitution and a foodbank-funded Christmas dinner, the elderly people choosing between heating their homes and eating, and we’ll also be there for anybody who finds this emotional time of year too much to bear and wants to talk to somebody who can help them.