insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 69 Dec 2017 - Page 176

CHARITY A CHARITABLE CENTREPOINT Christmas must be an unbearable time for the homeless, who no doubt feel more isolated and lonely than ever over the festive period, and Centrepoint’s ‘More Than’ campaign is the ideal way to make a difference to the life of a homeless youth on behalf of your friend or family member. Just £10 can provide a hot Christmas dinner for a homeless young person to share with others in their hostel; £18 will buy a Christmas jumper, which are far from a novelty for the homeless and are essential in providing warmth, comfort and protection from harsh winter weather; and £50 will cover the cost of a Christmas hamper containing enough food to last a few weeks and a few festive treats too. CHRISTIAN AID ‘Present Aid’ is Christian Aid’s online charity gift shop, so when you purchase an ethical gift from there, not only will you be helping to fund the charity’s vital work to end poverty all around the world, but you can do so according to what and where matters most to you. Whether you want to buy school bags, books and biros for young kids in Bangladesh (£9), donate a sheep to a woman in Ethiopia, so she can earn enough money to start a CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE cont. savings group (£10), help stranded families to cook, eat and find strength together by installing a community kitchen in a refugee camp (£40), or support a rural Columbian family by providing time with a lawyer to help prevent their land from being sold off to palm oil companies (£52) – the options are endless and each is as worthy as the next. THE NATIONAL TRUST Founded in 1895 by three people who thankfully understood the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them, the National Trust is completely independent of government funding, so relies on membership fees, donations and legacies for its continued survival. £20 will help guard two feet of coastline for an entire year and you can help save the red squirrel from extinction for just £10, both of which you’ll receive a customisable gift certificate for. If you’d rather give someone a tangible present, buy four jars of National Trust honey and they can then buy a 320g bag of wildflower seeds to enrich pollinator habitat, or purchase three cosy polka-dot throws and you’ll enable them to build one metre of protective drystone wall. GIVE YOUR TIME If you’d rather not donate money and are passionate about supporting causes more local to you, don’t forget that your time is as valuable as any financial offering. FareShare is the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste across the UK and they have a centre in Ashford, Kent, that redistributes surplus food to charities and community organisations working with disadvantaged people across the region. You can sign up to volunteer here: volunteer-kent/. At home, a reverse advent calendar is also a great way to give at Christmas and makes for a gentle introduction to children of the notion that some people are less fortunate than others. Every day from 1st December to 24th December, put a non-perishable food product (tins, gravy granules, grains, chocolate, noodles etc.) into a box, then when you have all 24 products collected on Christmas Eve, donate the parcel to your local food bank. Sadly, there are lots of families that will benefit from your thoughtfulness, but that will thankfully have a better Christmas as a result. We love this… CHARITABLE BOOKINGS SIGNATURE DISH RECIPE BOOK . The perfect gift for all foodies, this 754-page hardback book includes 365 mouthwatering main course recipes from 365 of the UK's leading chefs. Every book purchased includes a £5 donation to a charity of your choice. £40, 176