December is a special time in so many homes across the country. It feels more magical than any other time of the year. Is it because of the upcoming Christmas time, or maybe the chance to see a Santa Claus by the tree, or maybe it’s just the perspective of starting the new year with hope that it’s going to be so much better than the passing year? Whatever the reason, there’s huge number of Londoners that are excited about December!
But so many are not...
The inflation, soaring costs of living, rising prices of products, energy and services...and the list of why December 2022 was different goes on.
Many families were forced to make an unfair choice between making sure their children are fed, warm and safe and filling their little hearts with joy and happiness on the sight of gifts and presents. A choice not easy to make and even harder to explain to the little ones.
Thanks to the incredible generosity and help from our partners and supporters, Home-Start Southwark was able to bring back a bit of magic this winter into many homes in Southwark and Lewisham. The amazing donation of £3,000 from The GOOD Agency and additional £360 from individual donors went directly to 67 families to give a little help with the energy and grocery bills this winter. We also received packs and boxes of toys, gifts, books and warm clothes from the wonderful employees of BT Group, PWC UK, Multiplex, Omnicom Media Group, Decathlon Peckham, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Body Shop Tooley Street, Morrison’s Peckham, SE London Basket Brigade, which were delivered to 143 children and their carers just in time for Christmas.
Thank you to all people with hearts of gold for making this holiday season special for so many!