2020 sees Didcot fundraising organisation, Play2Give's sixth "Sleigh2Give" campaign - its annual festive appeal which spreads cheer, joy and smiles to children, families and less fortunate every year through the distribution of Christmas presents.
Each year Thames Valley Charity of the Year Play2Give receives amazing generosity and kindness in abundance from our local community in Oxfordshire and further afield, helping to gift gifts to the vulnerable, children and families in hospital and families less well off.
Beneficiaries thanks to your generous donations and kindness will help so many, from young patients in the Oxford Children's Hospital including the children's ward at the Horton in Banbury, Headway Oxfordshire, local Oxfordshire branches of Home-Start, Be Free Young Carers, Footsteps, SSNAP, Sobell House, Ronald McDonald House Oxford and many more including families in financial crisis due to Covid-19
From what started as an one-off spin-off in 2015 to deliver a few hundred Christmas presents to the Oxford Children's Hospital after Sainsbury's Didcot supermarket worker Lee Crook devised the idea to walk 19 plus miles one morning dressed as Santa to raise money for the hospital has turned into our annual festive tradition. Now, year on year the number of gifts donated and the number of supporters getting behind our festive appeal just grows and grows.
Since 2015 we estimated we have raised and distributed out around £120,000 worth of thousands of presents to thousands of others most in need. In 2019, we received our biggest ever number of presents and increased the number of beneficiaries who received a sprinkling of Christmas kindness.
This year the hope is to keep on increasing the number of gifts so that even more within our community can benefit receiving cheer, joy and smiles at Christmas whilst continuing to change, transform and save lives across Oxfordshire all year round.
Play2Give was founded in September 2007 by Didcot's British Citizen Award medallist and 2019 Pride of Britain Fundraiser of the year finalist, Andrew Baker BCAv. Andrew was inspired to fundraise initially for the Oxford Children's Hospital aged 14 in 2003, after receiving childhood treatment including brain surgery aged 12 after being born with a brain injury. Play2Give organises a wide range of events all year round, helping a wide number of people and through other campaigns such as magical pamper hampers and clothing packages
For full details please see www.play2give.org.uk/sleigh2give-6
Thank you for your support.
All donations received online goes to purchasing gifts on the wish list for so many charities, and individuals less fortunate right here in Oxfordshire this Christmas.
More information for this fundraiser can be found on their social media pages