Once again, we’ve been quiet here on the blog, but that’s by no means a representation of what we’ve been doing behind the scenes…
Did you know a UK household spends, on average, £821 on Christmas? The people I’ve tested this statistic out on always seem shocked for a few seconds, and then vehemently deny ever having spent that much on Christmas. But then they think about it. A UK household might have 4, 5, 6 or even more family members under it’s roof.
When you tot up presents for the kids, (with growing pressure to spend vast amounts of money of the ‘must have’ toys of the year) presents for other family members, and their offspring. The enormous amount of food bought for the festive season, travel to see relatives, days out while the kids are off school, and of course the tree. (Which undoubtedly entails some new fairy lights to replace the ones that were working fine when you put them in the box last year, but now remain resolutely dark in some sulking reaction to sitting safe and undisturbed in the attic for the past 11months).
When you add it all up, maybe £821 is much easier to spend on Christmas than people think.
And yet many thousands of people in the UK will wake up without a home on Christmas day. Either on the streets, or in unsafe accommodation.
Hundreds of these people will wake up in Oxford.
This year we have teamed up with Aspire, another local charity, with a focus on getting homeless and previously homeless individuals back in employment. Together we have created Gift Of Hope! A joint Christmas Appeal, aimed at raising an extra £15,000 over the festive period, to help support Oxford’s homeless over the coming year.
With funding cuts becoming an annual occurrence for the homeless and housing services in Oxfordshire, it’s more important than ever that we work together and to raise funds ourselves. This is the only way we guarantee that the quality of the services offered by OxHoP and Aspire, aren’t compromised because of financial hardship.
But to raise this money, we need YOUR help, and the help of everyone in the Oxford community. So…
To donate direct to the campaign, visit the JustGiving page here:
Find the FB page here, and read some the amazing stories we’ll be sharing over the coming weeks:
Please, stand beside us this Christmas, and give differently this year, by giving a homeless person the GIFT OF HOPE.