Traditionally, we like to think of Christmas as the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ – a relaxing, joyful time to spend with those people we care about most
Yet, for many young people, the holiday season can be a tough time. It is heartbreaking to know that in the UK, some 120,000 children will be homeless this Christmas. At a time like this, it is difficult not to appreciate the work of a charity close to my heart: Action for Children, an exceptional organisation dedicated to helping disadvantaged children in the UK.
I am a proud member of Action for Children fundraising committee, and on 8th December, I was delighted to host a special event at the Gallery to promote their valuable work. Armed with festive decorations and with the help of our sponsor Sybarite Jewellery, we transformed the gallery in a Winter Wonderland – adorned trees, fairy light, beautiful displays of sparkling jewellery, and a showcase of drawings about hope and peace by the children the charity works with.
To get into the Christmas spirit of giving and sharing with others, we encouraged our guests to bring toys, which Action for Children would then donate as Christmas gifts. We were humbled by the amazing response; it was wonderful to see a huge mound of toys at the end of the night! We are really grateful to everyone who took part in this – thanks to you, many more children will find presents under the Christmas tree this year.
The main purpose of the evening was to raise awareness of Action for Children and their exciting upcoming projects, ahead of their annual Spring Lunch fundraiser in March. The highlight of the evening was our raffle, with two lucky winners taking home a pair of diamond earrings donated by Sybarite, and an artwork from my private collection.
I want to extend a special thank you to Ellen Brooks, the charity’s Senior Special Events and Major Donor Fundraiser; and to Sybarite Jewellery and Connexus Academic Advisors, our generous sponsors, without whom this wonderful event would not have been possible.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you want to find out more about Action for Children and how to support their amazing work, CLICK HERE
For more information about the Spring Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org