Each year, at the beginning of November and as Christmas approaches, we open our 'Christmas Fund' and encourage our members and staff to submit applications to us for an award of either a food hamper, or retail vouchers, or both depending on the nature of the application.
125 food hampers and over £10,000 worth of retail gift cards are donated and handed over by our members to victims of crime and vulnerable victims in the community, mostly of which are elderly people. This cannot replace or repair situations where loss or harm has occurred, but it is an act of kindness from ourselves and our members to people living in sometimes very difficult situations.
In addition to this, the Trust has also been able to provide a vast amount of toys for children living in refuge centres who may have never received a gift and selection boxes for Christmas parties held for underprivileged children.
Our Christmas fund has grown in popularity over the years and we now receive in excess of 200 applications. All applications must of course comply with Charitable Trust Criteria.
We open the Christmas Fund with a Forcewide email usually in early November so keep an eye on your email inbox at that time for further details.