Every call for help we respond to this Christmas can be the one that saves or changes someone’s life, and it all begins with you. Your support can help change another person’s story.
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Do your fundraising your way this winter
It's been an unusual year for us all, and the festive season looks set to be a bit different to usual but there's still lots of ways you can get into the festive sprit and help raise vital funds this winter.
- Sing for Samaritans virtual Christmas caroling – part of a choir or singing group, or maybe you and your friends are just a tuneful bunch? Arrange to livestream a virtual caroling session on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and ask your loved ones to donate into your 'virtual bucket'. And if holding a tune isn't quite your thing why not ask them to donate to get you to stop warbling your way through 'Away in a Manger'?!
- 12 Days of Christmas challenge – take on a challenge over 12 days or do 12 things, and ask your loved ones to sponsor you (and why not keep with the theme and ask them to donate £12).
- Crafty masterclasses — we've all got pretty comfortable with Zoom and other video chat options over the past few months. Why not put those new found techy skills to use and teach your friends and family some of your other skills. If you make a great mulled wine, your Christmas cookies are a hit, you can gift wrap like a pro or make all your own decorations by hand you can trade off teaching your skills via video chat in return for a donation.
- Host a Netflix watch party – just because we can't see the latest winter releases with mates doesn't mean we can't get cosy and watch a film with them via the web. Learn how to host streaming watch parties with loved ones wherever they are and donate the equivalent of a cinema ticket and popcorn.
- Cracker joke competition – everyone loves a terrible Christmas cracker joke. Get everyone to donate £2 to submit their best bad jokes, everyone votes for their favourite and the winner gets half the pot while the other half gets donated. And if jokes don't get you in the festive spirit you could always hold a fancy dress competition instead.
- 12 Days of Christmas challenge II – day one, donate £5 and post your best picture depicting a partridge in a pear tree. Nominate a friend to donate a fiver the next day and post a picture of their best interpretation of two turtle doves, and so on and so forth. By the end of 12 days you'll have raised the equivalent of at least 12 potentially life-saving calls and you should've brought a smile to your faces with 12 creative pictures. Make sure to double check the 12 days of Christmas.
- Charity shop Secret Santa – more and more of us are turning to online shopping to make it through the Christmas wishlist this year. Why not keep the traditional Secret Santa alive with a twist - you and your friends can only buy for each other from our online shop.
My drive, my ambition really is to share my story in a way that people can understand it’s OK to talk to someone [...] and to pick up the phone, Samaritans are there to help and to listen. If I can get more people to do that, it’s really powerful for me, having been in a place where I chose to end life, to actually encouraging other people to enjoy their life, as I have mine.
Jason, Samaritans caller
Why we need your support this Christmas
- Last Christmas we responded to 278,053 calls for help throughout the festive season from the UK and Republic of Ireland.
- On Christmas Day alone, our volunteers responded to 10,050 calls for help.
- 1,508 volunteers gave up their time to support those struggling to cope by answering calls and emails on Christmas Day.
- 16 people take their own lives in the UK each day.
- It costs as little as £5 to respond to a call for help that could save a life.
Help change someone's story with your festive fundraiser