It’s day 4 of our Advent calendar and as we near Christmas our thoughts turn to the homeless. The charity Crisis can provide a place for a homeless person at Christmas for £28.18. This will provide –
- A warm welcome and good company
- Three nutritious, hot meals daily, including a delicious Christmas dinner
- A bed for the night, if needed
- A chance to shower, freshen up and get clean clothes
- A health check and treatment from a doctor, optician and dentist
- Expert help with mental health and addiction problems
- Advice on housing, employment and benefits
- A way out of homelessness for good through Crisis’ year-round training, education and support.
We have made a donation of £281.80, enough for 10 people to this worthwhile charity.
For the second day of our Advent Calendar, we have filled 26 shoeboxes of gifts for Operation Christmas Child. This is a project run by Samaritan’s Purse. The shoeboxes are filled with treats for children of all ages to bring some happiness to children in over 160 countries around the world at Christmas.
To kick-off this year’s Advent Calendar we have made a £100 donation to a very worthwhile charity, The Silverline.
From their website:-
The Silver Line Helpline provides three functions to support older people:
• a sign-posting service to link them into the many, varied services that exist around the country
• a befriending service to combat loneliness
• a means of empowering those who may be suffering abuse and neglect, if appropriate to transfer them to specialist services to protect them from harm
Since our national launch, The Silver Line Helpline has received over 1.4 million calls. Over two-thirds of these calls were made overnight or at weekends when no other helpline is available for older people who may be lonely, isolated or confused. We now receive around 10,000 calls every week from lonely and isolated older people; with 53% of callers saying they have literally no-one else to speak to.
Over 3,000 volunteer Silver Line Friends are making regular weekly friendship calls to older people. We have launched Silver Circles, group calls for people with shared interests, and have started Silver Letters for people who prefer the written word or are hearing impaired.
We rely entirely on voluntary donations to cover the cost of calls to the helpline, The Silver Line’s friendship services, and all other costs.
It’s Christmas Eve and the last day of our Advent Calendar. For day 24 we will be donating £150 to Operation Smile.
Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, travelled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.
What they found was overwhelming. “People pushed their babies at us,” recalls Kathy. “They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children.” In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children. Continue reading more on the Operation Smile website.
For day 23 of our Advent Calendar, we will be making a £100 donation to the 1st Halesworth Scouts and 1st Southwold Guides groups.
For day 22 of our Advent Calendar, we will be donating £120 to Sightsavers.
Sightsavers work to eliminate avoidable blindness and promote the rights of people with disabilities.
Sightsavers’ vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where people with disabilities participate equally in society.
We are getting close to the big day now and for the 21st day of our Advent Calendar, we will be donating £150 to Prostate Cancer UK.
Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.
For the 20th day of our Advent Calendar, we will be making a £100 donation to the Southwold Voluntary Help Centre and the Halesworth Volunteer Centre.
The centre currently provides the following services with the help of volunteers:
- Community Car Service – an invaluable local service for anyone needing to make certain journeys for which no family car or public transport is available.
- Befriending Support – supporting individuals in their own homes, helping them to retain independence.
- Resource Centre – providing information on community, health and transport to the local community.
We also provide a brokerage service for other local community groups and projects, helping them to recruit volunteers by advertising opportunities through our quarterly newsletter, website and Resource Centre.
The Centre aims to provide a resource to the people of Southwold, Reydon and nearby villages, offering a range of ‘helping-hand’ services such as:
- signposting to other organisations
Driving is the service in most demand. With the continued deterioration in rural bus services, it is a vital resource for local people who do not have their own transport.
Not long to go now to the big day. It’s day 19 of our Advent Calendar and today is the day we have our Toy Service. The service will take place at the United Reform Church in Halesworth at 10 am, where toys will be collected and given to under privileged children.