Hope for Christmas

12 December 2015

Give £5 to make sure a young person doesn’t feel alone this Christmas.
For many of us, our memories of childhood Christmases will be filled with magic, excitment and anticipation. We remember writing letters to Father Christmas, longing for snow, and looking forward to Christmas holidays and the chance to have fun with family and friends. But for many local children and young people, Christmas feels very different.

At No Limits, we supported 2,437 children and young people over the last year who were experiencing issues such as poverty, homelessness, neglect, abuse, and suicidal thoughts. For many of them, Christmas is a particularly difficult time. They may be facing a Christmas without presents or enough food to go around. Home might be a place of fear or tension, while some may not even have a place to sleep over Christmas.

How you can help
Our drop in centre is open throughout December, including Christmas Eve and between Christmas and New Year, giving children and young people somewhere to turn when they feel scared, lost or alone.

Can you donate £5 to pay for us to provide a young person with a warm, welcoming place to come, a hot drink, and a friendly, listening ear?

We will also provide shower and laundry facilities for homeless young people and food parcels for those who might otherwise go hungry.

Most importantly, we will provide children and young people with a place that they can turn to for information, advice, support and counselling so that they can deal with any issues they are facing. Our help will equip them to face the challenges that life can throw at them, become more confident about dealing with their problems themselves, and feel more positive about the future.

James* was homeless when he came to No Limits:

“Being able to have a shower, with clean towels and being able to wash my clothes has been a lifesaver, absolutely amazing. I was able to feel human”.

Lucy* told us how much it meant to her to have someone to talk to when things were difficult for her:

“You showed me kindness and I felt I could talk to you about anything”

We want to raise £8,800 so that local children and young people don’t feel alone this Christmas.

Get involved
Do you want to give children and young people hope this Christmas? There are plenty of ways that you can get involved and support our Hope for Christmas campaign:

Donate £5 online via LocalGiving to give a child or young person a warm welcome and someone to talk to this December
Donate £5 via text by texting NLIM01 £5 to 70070
Sign your workplace, school or group up for Christmas Jumper Day!
Do your Christmas shopping through Give As You Live to raise extra donations for No Limits at no additional cost to you
Come along to the Southampton Christmas Market on Wednesday 16th December to enjoy the West End Singers’ Hope for Christmas concert
Join Southampton Ukulele Jam at the Guildhall Square and the Talking Heads on Sunday 20th December to enjoy some festive tunes and fundraise for the campaign
*Names have been changed to protect their privacy.