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Lodders’ Christmas countdown

This Christmas, Lodders would like to recognise some of the charitable causes our clients, friends, and colleagues are championing.

The Lodders Christmas Countdown week will highlight a number of great charitable causes and local initiatives which everyone can get involved in.

  1. Lodders: KidsOut

In lieu of the usual Secret Santa, Lodders is taking part in the virtual Giving Tree, run by the charity KidsOut. KidsOut is encouraging businesses and individuals to use the online shop in order to choose and donate a present for a child in refuge.

Lodders is aiming to donate 100 gifts to the charity.

  1. V Formation: FareShare

V Formation is putting its best foot forward to raise vital funds by taking on a Lapland challenge. Their aim is to collectively walk 2,298 miles – the distance from their base in Nottingham to Lapland – before Christmas Day.

For every mile walked, V Formation will donate 50 pence – up to their target of £1,000, raising money for the charity network FareShare. The charity’s aim is to relieve food poverty and reduce food waste in the UK, and has been running since 1994

  1. Lodders Charitable Foundation: The Orchestra of the Swan

Orchestra of the Swan has a dedicated programme of community engagement in care homes, mainstream primary, secondary and SEND schools and community settings across Stratford upon Avon, Birmingham, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire in support of their residencies and regular concert series.

On Tuesday 15th December, Orchestra of the Swan ran a Christmas Zoom Carol Service, inviting care homes to join in on the service.

Don’t worry if you missed it, the organisation also has other digital concerts available, such as Luna available to stream now, as well as a number of other upcoming events, such as Wind, Sand & Stars. Find out more.

  1. Lodders Charitable Foundation: Cheltenham Open Door

Cheltenham Open Door supports vulnerable, disadvantaged, and lonely people. They are working to relieve poverty, hardship, and social or emotional distress.

Cheltenham Open Door will be serving guests from their premises at 39 Grosvenor Street, with Christmas Eve food, and treats, stockings, and food on Christmas day. This year, the Charity is asking for help donating gift items and food parcel fillers. Their wishlist can be found here and they will be collecting items throughout lockdown.

  1. Shakespeare Hospice

The Shakespeare Hospice offers care for patients living with a life-limiting illness and provides emotional care to those facing or coping with a loss.

The Shakespeare Hospice is hosting the Jolly Jumper this December. Don your best (or worst) Christmas jumpers, and text 70500 to donate to the cause with the messages below:

  • TSH2 Jumper – to donate £2
  • TSH5 Jumper – to donate £5
  • TSH10 Jumper – to donate £10

You can also buy Christmas gifts and cards from The Shakespeare Hospice online shop.

  1. Lifespace

LifeSpace is a Stratford upon Avon based independent charity which helps mentor young people with mental health issues.

This year, Lifespace has launched their first Christmas Quiz – 120 cracking questions for people of all ages. The funds raised will help them to work in primary schools with children who are having a tough time. LifeSpace’s trained and experienced mentors give children from 8 years old a safe space to explore issues that are affecting how they feel about themselves and their lives including anger, anxiety, bereavement, caring responsibilities, family separation, and loneliness.

The Quiz features 12 categories to reflect the 12 days of Christmas and is available in return for a donation here.

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