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National children’s charity launches Christmas Appeal

Today St Christopher’s Fellowship announced our Christmas Appeal 2018No child should feel lonely at Christmas, and with your help we can make Christmas special for children in care and young care leavers.

For many of the children and young people we care for, Christmas can be a lonely time. The time of year when others are happy and spending the day with family can be very difficult for our children. And for young people who have left care or are homeless, they can find themselves on their own with no family to be with – just like Ella, who was worried about spending Christmas alone.

You can help make sure none of our children and young people feel lonely at Christmas.

  • £20 could go towards Christmas presents for one of our children
  • £45 could buy a train ticket for a young person so they’re not alone on Christmas Day
  • £150 could buy Christmas lunch for all the children and young people at one of their homes

As part of our strategy for the next five years, St Christopher’s has committed to lifelong learning and thriving for all the children and young people we support. One of the aims of this is to collaborate with young people to make their journeys to independence easier. By fundraising so that young people can spend Christmas where they want, with the people they feel closest to, we are making this aim become reality.

'I don’t know where I would be without St Christopher’s. It is like a family.'
Anna, young person

Jonathan Whalley, Chief Executive of St Christopher’s, said: “Many of us take it for granted that we can be with our families on Christmas Day, but sadly this often isn’t the case for young care leavers. So we want to make sure our young people are welcome at their children’s home and don’t have to spend Christmas alone.

“Every donation to our Christmas Appeal will make a difference, and help us to make sure our young people feel safe, happy and loved – not just at Christmas, but every day.”

How you can help

Thank you to all of St Christopher’s supporters.