'Tis the season of giving

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Blog Article | By The Simplyhealth Team 15 December 2020

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:

Packing food into a box ready to donate

Reverse advent calendar

Every day during the month of December fill up a box with items of food or clothing, up until 24th December. This can then be donated to your chosen food bank or charity to help those less fortunate this Christmas. Why not contact your chosen food bank or charity to see if there are any items they need desperately.


Lots of supermarkets also have food bank stations where you can donate items you’ve purchase during your shop.

Woman writing letter and christmas time

Cards of kindness

Christmas can feel incredibly lonely for the elderly, 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.

Warm jumpers folded in front of a sign reading 'donation'

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 them 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.

Friends opening presents together

Give gifts that could change the world

Struggling to think of a thoughtful gift for a family member or friend? 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.

A whole roasted turkey on a plate with trimmings

Fund a Christmas meal

No one should go hungry at Christmas. After the year we’ve all had, 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 Simplyhealth 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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