Over the past ten years, Team London Bridge has collected thousands of gift donations with London Bridge employees. The charities we support each year have a big impact on the local community, working with the homeless, elderly, young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who struggle with mental health issues.
This year, the tradition continues, and we'll be collecting presents throughout November to be wrapped and sorted early December, ready for charities to give out at their special Christmas gatherings. For more ways to get involved, click here.
London Bridge based businesses are invited to host collection points for gifts and encourage their employees to contribute from the 12th November to the 10th December.
How? Your organisation can host a collection point, set it up in one of your communcal areas and encourage your colleagues to donate. E-mail Sofia at firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll receive a variety of promotional materials to help you easily communicate this to colleagues (posters, email templates, social media images, etc). Check our donation guidelines below for tips on what to donate. Finally, find some volunteers to drop off the presents to our Santa's Grotto (London Bridge Hive, 1 Melior Place, SE1 3SZ) on 10th December.
What can you give? Non-perishable and non-used gifts!
Books, boxes of biscuits, jams, mugs, blankets, or puzzles, games or cuddly toys for children. Toiletries with attractive packaging, shampoo, toothbrushes, nice smellies, towels. New clothes such as t-shirts, underwear, tracksuit bottoms, shirts, thermal vests, socks, hats, gloves and scarves and warm jumpers are all appreciated. The list can go on.
Please be mindful of the gender and age categories, as broken down below:
If you happen to have an old coat you no longer use, you can drop it off at the Chestertons branch by Tower Bridge, as part of their Calling London Campaign, between 1st and 30th November.
Who is it for? Charities supported this year are: Bede House, Beormund Community Centre, CoolTan Arts, Time and Talents, Stones End Day Centre, South London Cares, Riverside Parents and Carers Association. Almost every year we end up receiving more presents than what these charities ask for, so we extend this list to more local charities.
The Really Happy Christmas
This year we’re keen for charities to receive more meaningful contributions from local businesses. We’ve invited them to share with us what would really make this Christmas happy for them, and they shared suggestions such as help with replacing a faulty piece of equipment or offering their service users an experience (visit to your office, tickets to a play, etc). To see the full ‘wish list’ email email@example.com and she’ll help with the matchmaking process.
See below everything you need to know about how you or your organisation can get involved this year.
We encourage businesses to organise their own wrapping sessions in the office, it could be a great lunchtime activity for your team, or you can get this done just before heading off to your Christmas social. Volunteers will also be needed for dropping off the presents you collected to our London Bridge Hive on 10th December (1 Melior Place, SE1 3SZ).
You can also help us make sure all your gift donations look the part before sending them to local charities. Individuals and businesses can book a volunteering slot between 10AM and 6PM for as little or as long as you like. This will involve less gift wrapping and more gift sorting and delivering; it will take place at our community space, London Bridge Hive – 1 Melior Place, SE1 3SZ. Choose and book your slot here.