'Tis the season of giving

Blog Article | By The Simplyhealth Team | Published: 15 December 2020
Updated: 1 December 2022

At Simplyhealth we support communities across the UK by improving access to healthcare. We do this through charitable giving and colleague volunteering. We want to extend the invitation to you this Christmas and show you ways you can help your local charities.

Here are five ways you can help this Christmas:

Putting donated food items in a box

Reverse advent calendar

Every day during the month of December you could fill up a box with items of food, up until 24th December. This can then be donated to your chosen food bank or charity to help those less fortunate this Christmas. Get in touch with your chosen food bank or charity directly to see if there are any items they urgently require. Another option to consider is contributing to a food bank drop off station at the supermarket when doing your weekly food shop. You could donate a couple of items a week, or a larger donation all in one go.

Many organisations arrange specific Christmas gift collections for those in need. You can help to spread some festive cheer to those less fortunate by giving them a gift to open on Christmas morning. Why not check out your local newspaper, radio station’s website, or social media community pages to see who is organising a collection in your area?

Person writing Christmas card

Cards of kindness

Christmas can feel incredibly lonely for those who live by themselves, but you can help fight the loneliness. There are many charities that are working with care homes or socially isolated elderly people across the UK to send cards of kindness. If you’re not sure what to write about, here are a couple of tips to get you started:

  • Start with “Dear friend”
  • Introduce yourself
  • Send positive thoughts

It’s amazing how something so small can spark so much joy to someone.

A donation box of winter jumpers

Share the warmth

A warm winter coat is a must-have during the cold winter months for many of us. But it’s important to think of those who are unable to afford the basic items to stay warm.

If you’re planning to throw out an old coat you no longer wear, get in contact with your local homeless charity, night shelter or food bank who will happily take it off your hands. Reach out to family members and friends to see if they want to donate their unused coats as well. You can also donate items like hats, gloves, socks and blankets.

Family opening Christmas presents together

Give gifts that could change the world

Struggling to think of a thoughtful Christmas gift for a family member or friend? Why not make a donation on their behalf to a charity that is close to their heart? This may feel like something small, but your donation can really make a difference to the charity and will surely put a smile on your recipient’s face too.

A Christmas turkey with trimmings

Fund a Christmas meal

No one should go hungry at Christmas. Why not help make Christmas that little bit better for those in need by contacting a charity to purchase a Christmas dinner for the homeless, older people living alone or families struggling to afford a Christmas dinner. 

Our counselling and advice service over the festive period

Whatever’s on your mind over Christmas, a 1-2-3 Health Plan can help you. Talk to a counsellor or qualified adviser on issues ranging from relationship problems and depression to financial and legal disputes.

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