Business and community groups from across the capital came together to make it Christmas for our clients last month. For most of us the festive period is a time to relax and spend time with family and friends - but for homeless and vulnerable people it can be one of the hardest times of the year.

SHP’s Christmas campaign aims to combat the sense of isolation and exclusion many of our clients feel at Christmas, with our services running a range of activities to bring festive cheer to the people we work with.

Personalised Gifts

Thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners, every resident living in SHP’s supported accommodation across London received a gift, personalised to them, to open on Christmas morning.   

More than 30 businesses and other organisations contributed to the effort, with an amazing 830 gifts donated – including 130 specifically for the children of families support by our Syrian Vulnerable Persons Service.

Hostels were also decorated and Christmas dinner provided to ensure everyone had a Christmas to enjoy.

Andrew, a resident in one of our Islington hostels, said: “It’s really nice for people to reach out to us. I spent Christmas mostly on my own, so it was great having something to open on Christmas Day and then a nice Christmas dinner to enjoy afterwards.”

To ensure clients living in the community were not left out, Christmas parties were also organised for our community support services, helping to bring clients and staff together to celebrate – with food, music and dancing aplenty.

Sandra*, who attended our Westminster Community Party, said "Everything was perfect. The good was excellent and I enjoyed the dancing. I wish it was always Christmas"

Fundraising efforts

As well as providing gifts, decorations and organising parties, companies also supported our work through fundraising. More than 30 corporate employees took part in the Santa Run, donning white beards and red hats to raise over £2,300.

For the first time in our 40-year history, SHP also ran public bucket collections for two weeks, with staff and volunteers descending upon train and underground stations all across the capital. More than 80 people including SHP staff, supporters and corporate volunteers got involved in the effort, bringing the enthusiasm that was vital   to get London donating. The generosity of Londoners and commuters helped us raise over £13,000 to help transform more lives in 2019.

The proceeds will go to our Give more than a meal this winter appeal, which aims to help 600 homeless and vulnerable Londoners to take the final steps into independent living by supporting them into homes and jobs in 2019.

Liz Rutherfoord, CEO, said: "We've been overwhelmed by the support from local businesses in aid of  our Christmas campaign. It was inspiring  to see how much they care about homelessness in London and how willing they were to support our cause this year.

“Without their help, we wouldn’t have been able to carry out the biggest Christmas campaign in SHP history or make Christmas day truly special for over 850 vulnerable people.

“With homelessness continuing to rise, their support is more valuable than ever.”

We would like to say a massive SHP THANK YOU to all the 32 corporate and community organisations involved including 23Red, Amboee, Asurion, Blevin Franks, Bloomsbury, BNP Paribas, Brewin Dolphin, Calatone, Carey’s Group, CLX Comms, Criteo, Crown Estates, DK Partners, FCA, Frame Denim, Ignite, JR Management, KOKO, McCann Health, McCann London, PHD Music, PMM Group, ReFood, Sockdrop, SpaceLab, St James’s Redbridge, Theori, Thomas Cook Money, Tideway, Travers Smith, Universal Music, Value Engineers and Wall To Wall TV.

A big thank you to all our volunteers who contributed to our campaign.

Are you a business who is interested in starting a corporate partnership with us? Find out more about becoming a corporate partner or get in touch with our fundraising team.

*Sandra is a pseudonym