Thank you to the generous and kind people, community groups, schools and businesses that donated to our Christmas Hardship Fund. We’ve been able to deliver vital services to people in York that are homeless or on the brink of losing everything and make Christmas a little brighter for them.

The week before Christmas our housing team delivered 40 wellbeing hampers to rough sleepers and people staying in temporary housing and hostels. These were donated to us by HOPING (street kitchen) in collaboration with St. Peters School.

We also worked with partners ‘York Foodbank’ and ‘The Besom in York’ to source food parcels and supermarket vouchers for people unable to put food on the table.

Riverside Butchers of Stamford Bridge donated beef and pork joints to make Christmas day special for people that would otherwise have gone without.

Peasholme Charity topped up this donation with fresh vegetables, stuffing, mince pies and extras using money from the Christmas Hardship appeal and delivered food hampers across York on Christmas Eve, to make sure every single person we support had a better Christmas. 

Not only did we provide a Christmas day feast but we topped up gas and electric meters to ensure people could afford (without worry) to cook a meal and stay warm over the Christmas break. Individuals living alone received a mobile phone top up to reduce social isolation.

We were also able to coordinate a last minute donation of food from a member of the public in Stamford Bridge, when Christmas plans changed last minute and they were left with surplus food. This went to a very grateful local family.

Some of the money we received as part of our appeal has been ring-fenced to form a specific hardship fund which will be used throughout the year to help local people stay warm, keep the lights on, reduce social isolation and put food on the table.

Although the Christmas Hardship Fund has now closed, you can still donate to help #EndHomelessness in York.