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£1,045raised of £800 target by 50 supporters

Weʼre raising £800 to create a festive space full of cheer for people to make lasting bonds in our community on Christmas Day

Location
Emsworth, United Kingdom
Time left
25 days to go

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For the last two years I have hosted the Emsworth Community Christmas on Christmas day for people who would have necessarily been on their own at Christmas. This year the event is even bigger and the demand is even greater. No one should feel as though they have no one to spend Christmas with, it is a time of togetherness and joy. We are able to reach out to the vulnerable and isolated and give them a day to be remembered. A day rich in warm conversation, music, delightful food, presents and of course much love and laughter.

There are times in young and older people's lives when life becomes difficult and times like Christmas are a challenge. I am passionate about creating a day where people can be nourished, loved and be in an environment that is safe. This is a free event for individuals in our community and supported by our community. Days like these make lasting differences in people's lives. Friendships are formed and words are shared that enable people to feel at ease and free of isolation just for a day.

From now until the Christmas day event, money raised will be spent on employing catering staff and a huge amount of fresh produce. We will need Christmas decorations for the dining room and the lounge area and the tables need festive decorations too. There are many extras that the day could be enhanced with. Every guest goes home with a wonderful hand painted box of gifts created by children at a local nursery school and handed out by Santa. I also intend to make up a few hampers which I will put into a free raffle for the guests on the day.

However much you can donate this event is a truly nourishing and heartfelt day of people being in the arms of togetherness and gratitude.

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  • Jessica Bateman

    Jessica Bateman

    9 days ago

    Jessica Bateman

    A big thank you this week to all the donations from so many people in the community whom I have never met.

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  • Jessica Bateman

    Jessica Bateman

    16 days ago

    Jessica Bateman

    I've had a great week fundraising and getting awareness out in the community. Wonderful funds coming from EmsValley U3A, decorations from Fat Olives, fundraising from Toni and Guy Southsea, fantastic support from members at Emsworth MNC. Lastly incredible donations from far and wide on the Emsworth Community Christmas JustGiving.

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  • Michael Brown

    Michael Brown

    Dec 5, 2016

    It is really great to know what you are doing for the community - well done!

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 5, 2016

  • Hilary Keenlyside

    Hilary Keenlyside

    Dec 5, 2016

    I hope you can have a great day

    £20.00

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Jessica Bateman

Jessica Bateman

Emsworth, United Kingdom

I am 43 year old woman with a huge passion for people and sharing love. I am blessed with two vibrant, inspiring and strong willed children. I have spent most of my life self employed with my hands deep in the earth making outdoor spaces look beautiful and serene.

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