5 Charities to support this Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving back, and I find every year I seem to spend more and more money on material gifts for people and the pile of presents under the tree seems to get bigger and bigger. But what if we cut down on the amount of presents we bought and gave the money to some charities that might need a bit of extra help this time of year.

Cats Protection

One charity that I give to on a monthly basis is Cats Protection. I am such a cat lover and this charity is very close to my heart. I have worked with them a couple of years ago on a Christmas gifting campaign, which you can find here. You can sign up to sponsor a cat, or you can just give a one off payment whenever you want. They also have an online shop where you can buy your fury friends some gifts, as well as any cat lovers in your life. It really is a great cause to support.

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Another animal charity I fully support is the RSPCA. They care for and rescue all animals in the U.K, from domestic to wild, big or small, fluffy or scaled. They are the largest welfare charity in the U.K, and could really do with more support for the amount of work they do, especially this time of year.

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Secret World Wildlife Rescue

A local charity that I used to volunteer with is Secret World Wildlife Rescue, located in Somerset. They work very closely with the RSPCA to help rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife. This time of year they are inundated with animal casualties and orphans, especially hedgehogs, and are currently fundraising to build a new wildlife treatment centre, as they are currently functioning with portacabins and they need to expand. You can donate in the usual way, and they have an amazon wishlist you can order from and have it sent directly to them.

Weighing a Hedgehog at Secret World. Own photo.


One disease that has affected close family these last few years is Motor Neurone Disease. The Motor Neurone Disease Association (mnda) is a charity on a mission to improve care and support for people with the disease, as well as their families and carers. They also fund and promote research to try to find a cure for mnd, and help develop treatments. This really is a horrible disease to watch someone go through, so every little bit of help the charity can get is appreciated.

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Samaritan’s Purse

One thing we always did as a child was pack a shoebox to send to children in countries less fortunate than we are. Samaritans Purse have a campaign called Operation Christmas Child, where they collect up shoeboxes full of gifts to send out to these children. Here’s how it works:

  • Find an empty medium sized shoebox and wrap box and lid separately.
  • Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and attach the label to the outside of your shoebox.
  • Fill your shoebox with a variety of new gifts that will bring delight to a child, add a suggested project donation of Β£5 which includes shipping, and take it to a Drop-off Location which will be listed on the website.
  • National collection of these boxes is 9-16 November.

You can find a list of suggested items on the website, as well as things that shouldn’t be included. I really loved doing this as a child, as we receive so many gifts and a lot of children around the world haven’t got anything.

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Until Next Time.


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  1. What a great post!! I support the WWF, Oxfam and my local hospice fairly regularly through either making monetary donations or shopping in their charity shops/donating to those charity shops. Such a great way to spread positivity at Christmas!


  2. I love that you’re raising awareness to these charities, because now more than ever they really do need our help! I remember also putting together gifts in a shoebox when I was younger, I used to do it with my Grandma and it brought me so much joy to think that I was a part of something so special and helping less fortune children.

    Really loved this post!

    Jared x

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    1. This is amazing! thank you for offering this as a suggestion to gift giving, it is so meaningful and thoughtful. I’d much rather use one of these suggestions this year!


  3. Hi Ellie. Well said – I completely agree. We made a similar move a while back and now give to; Dog’s Trust, RSPCA, WWF, Cancer Research, and British Heart Foundation.

    By the way, for those that use Amazon (and who doesn’t these days!) take a look at their ‘Smile’ option. It allows yo to nominate a charity to receive 0.5% of the value of your purchases. Not a huge amount, granted, but it all helps.


    1. I always like supporting local charities, especially animal related ones. Not a big fan of RSPCA though. The state of RSPCA assured farms are disgusting.



  4. This is such a lovely post. The cats protection is something that’s close to my heart too. I’m definitely going to donate to them and some local animal charities over Christmas.


  5. I’m a big supporter of Cats Protection as that’s where I got my cat from and I always donate to both them and the RSPCA, I love how you highlighted how important these charities are to you x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk


  6. These are some great causes! I am actively involved with the animal rescue world here in Canada, so I put a lot of my money into smaller rescue organizations. These organizations (the ones you’ve listed as well as other rescue organizations around the globe) are SO thankful for the support that they receive to help save these sweet animals that can’t save themselves.


  7. Living here in Canada, we have some similar charities. I love the Samaritan’s Purse idea and will look for something similar here (we generally have toy drives but not sure what will happen this year!)


  8. These are really great charities, I’m such a huge animal lover that knowing you’re helping them during Christmas is so rewarding. RSPCA are amazing and do a great job helping animals and it’s nice to know of other animal welfare charities out there.


  9. Oh my gosh your photo of the hedgehog!!! So cute. I support different charities every month so I’ll definitely keep this post on hand! I tend to steer towards animal charities πŸ™‚ xxx


  10. Some great charities here. It is such a difficult time of year and they are often overlooked as we are busy spending money on Christmas.

    We’ve opted out of extended family presents this year and are instead donating to the hospice that cared for my Mum x


  11. Thank you for raising awareness for these charities! I recently learned about Miracle’s Mission & you can donate a Christmas dinner or toy for a dog or cat that they foster.


  12. Such a thoughtful post and a great way to raise awareness for some fantastic charities. I remember doing the shoeboxes when I was at school, and I had no idea they still did them. Certainly, something to think about this Christmas. Thank you for sharing. πŸ’œ


  13. My family used to give to Samaritan’s Purse as often as we could when I was growing up. I haven’t made as many charity donations as I wish I had over the years because of financial struggles, but I appreciate the reminder because now is the time of year they need it more than anything!


  14. This is a great list! I have a couple of charities I donate to monthly, but some of these are new to me. I love the idea of giving somebody a monthly charity donation as a gift too xx


  15. This is such a thoughtful idea! Sharing the holiday spirit through your generosity is a true gift that benefits you as well as the charities you donate to. I always feel good when I know I’ve helped someone else.


  16. Great post with some fab ideas! I love the cat one as I too am a huge cat lover. I also remember doing the shoebox when I was younger, i keep meaning to do it again, but I think’ve left it too late this year?! xx


  17. I love this post! So thoughtful of you – I’ve supported RSPCA for years and I absolutely love cats protection x


  18. These are lovely ideas. It’s nice to find something that’s close to someones heart and gift accordingly to that charity. I support the animal charities too


  19. This is such a nice idea for a post, I think that Christmas can get so busy and stressful for some people that it’s often easy to forget about the people that need help most this time of year.


  20. I’m big on supporting animal charities too, so it was great to learn about the ones on your list.
    I was also wondering if people were doing Christmas boxes for Samaritan’s Purse this year. I haven’t made one for a few years, but used to make them all the time! They are a lot of fun to put together πŸ™‚


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