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£1,255raised of £800 target by 54 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,255 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
    Funded on Saturday, 31st December 2016

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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 months 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

      9 months 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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    9 months ago

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    Supporters

    54

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 19, 2016

    • Beverly Young

      Beverly Young

      Dec 14, 2016

      Hi Jessica - I think this is a wonderful thing you are doing for the local community and people who really need some joy on Christmas Day - From one neighbour to another thank you.

      £60.00

    • Emma W

      Emma W

      Dec 7, 2016

      You are doing the most amazing job Jess xxx

      £50.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 7, 2016

      We are so looking forward to volunteering with you on Christmas Day. You are doing a really wonderful thing for people who would otherwise be alone at Christmas.

    • 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

    About the fundraiser
    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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