There are lots of different ways you can help the Nightshelter this Christmas. We believe no home doesn’t have to mean no Christmas, so we do our best to ensure that Christmas Day is as special as it can be for our residents and people sleeping rough in the area.

We make up stockings to give out on Christmas Day and welcome donations for gifts to go in the stockings. Ideas for items include:

  • Vouchers for the cinema, coffee shops, clothes shops and mobile data
  • Ear phones for use with mobile phones
  • Packets of sweets
  • Chocolates
  • Travel alarm clocks
  • Packs of new underwear – boxer short type (small, medium and large)
  • Day rucksacks
  • Gloves and warm hats

Perhaps you would like to take part in our Reverse Advent Calendar Challenge? It is a great family or community activity to promote the idea of giving in the lead up to Christmas. During December, each day before Christmas put one item that you would like to donate to the Nightshelter in a box or a bag and then drop off at the Nightshelter just before Christmas. You may decide to include some of the gift ideas above or perhaps items to help stock up the Nightshelter’s food and household items supplies, these are our most-needed items:

  • Instant coffee
  • Cordial and soft drinks
  • Bacon
  • Tinned meat
  • Squash
  • Biscuits
  • Sausages
  • Eggs
  • Cooking oil
  • Gravy granules
  • Granulated sugar
  • Biscuits
  • Marmite
  • Tinned custard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Tomato sauce
  • Brown sauce
  • Salad cream
  • Cheese
  • Floor cleaner
  • Anti bac spray cleaner
  • Kitchen roll
  • Strong bin bags
  • Loo roll
  • Washing powder
  • Foil
  • Cling film
  • Warm hats
  • Fitted single sheets

Christmas can be a busy time and you may prefer to donate money to support our services. If so you can donate by texting the word NIGHTSHELTER to 70085 along with any amount up to £20 or donate online, via cheque or bank transfer. Find out more here.

Christmas donations can be dropped off at the Nightshelter on Tuesdays 8.30am-4pm, Wednesdays 8.30am-1pm and Thursdays 8.30am-1pm. If you have any questions or you are unable to drop your donation at these times, please email or call 01962 862050.