Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

The way we are able to run our projects this year has had to change. You can find further information and updates on this year’s projects on our Christmas 2020 page.

Unfortunately, we are only able to work with a limited number of volunteers this year but if you would like to support others over the Winter period then please contact the Snowflake charity. They need volunteers to deliver meals to those in need in the Hastings and Rother area between November 2020 and March 2021. Please find contact details on the Snowflake website if interested in helping. www.snowflake-nightshelter.org.uk or phone 07801 884880.

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Surviving Christmas

Surviving Christmas is run by a group of Trustees and supported by volunteers who all local to the area. Each of us have different skills that we bring to the charity but we all have one thing in common. We are passionate about Surviving Christmas and the work it does on relieving hardship and distress to those in need of assistance.

We support those in need as referred by professional agencies through one our projects.

Hamper Project

In the week leading up to Christmas our volunteers kindly deliver food hampers. As well as this, gifts are also packaged and delivered to the homes of families and individuals who have been referred to us.

The Two Day Open Event

People are invited to join us over Christmas and Boxing Day for food and entertainment. Everyone is welcome to the event and as well as meals, we also have other services on offer such as shower facilities, hairdressing and a clothing bank.

*Unfortunately, the 2-day event cannot go ahead for 2020 and it is with deep regret that we will be unable to offer any food or support on Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year.

Our Objectives

The objectives of Surviving Christmas are – to relieve in cases of need, hardship or distress persons who are resident, whether temporarily or not, in the County Borough of Hastings or the Rother District in the County of East Sussex.

“I just had 2 ladies knock on the door with books and toys for * and chocolates and a big heavy box and I just opened it and it’s full of food 😭 did you do that? They said I was nominated by somebody but they knew the kid’s ages and stuff and they said to have a lovely Christmas. I nearly cried it’s so nice. My son is just going to be so happy when he wakes from his nap his favourite book is in there too.”

Hamper Recipient - 2019, Hastings

“It is an incredible service and personally I do not know how we would be able to support families at Christmas without it.”

Referral Agency - 2019, Hastings and Rother

“One family with three children, Mum told me that it had made a massive difference to her mental health as it had helped to alleviate some of the stress around providing for her children.”

Referral Agency - 2019, Hastings and Rother

“You are all angels from heaven, thank you for this wonderful food parcel. I am sure I don’t deserve it!”

Hamper Recipient - 2019, Hastings and Rother

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer for Surviving Christmas? Find out more on our Christmas 2020 page.