In a year like no other, where we have faced lockdown, isolation, the challenges of working and learning at home, and missed celebrations, showing those less fortunate than ourselves that someone cares and is thinking of them has never been more important. We were therefore determined to make our annual Christmas Miracles campaign happen, albeit adjusted for social distancing to ensure that everyone remained safe whilst getting into the spirit of the season of giving.
The response we have had has been overwhelming, and we are truly honoured to work with such amazing staff, students and their families. This year we achieved an astonishing 2,755 Miracles:
- 25 places for Crisis at Christmas
- £974 Raised for East Surrey Hospital Children’s Ward
- 22 coats and blankets donated for Help the Homeless distributed in Croydon, Brighton & Central London
- 824 items donated to Purley Food Hub
- 9 laptops donated by Fidelity International and given to students in need
- Over 50 hampers created for families in our local community through the Coulsdon Hub
- £490 raised for local hamper/Christmas gift charity appeals
- £361 Raised for Save the Children on Christmas Jumper Day
We were saddened not to be able to carry out some of our traditional Miracles such as
Santa visits to local Nursery and Reception age children, and Carol singing in local care homes. We are hopeful that we will be able to get back to this next academic, after what we hope will be a far less eventful (for all the right reasons!) year.
We would like to finish this report by saying a sincere and heartfelt thank you to every single person who donated any item/amount to this years’ campaign- your generosity will go a long way to making a difference to someone’s Christmas this year.