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raised of £2,000 target by 78 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,478 to To create a space full of cheer for people to make lasting bonds in our community on Christmas Day.

    Emsworth, Hampshire
    Funded on Thursday, 5th March 2020

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    This year's Christmas

    This is my fifth year of what started as a very small idea with a handful of guests. People say "aren't you going to put your feet up this year and give it a miss?" I put my hand on my heart and think how could I possibly do that when we had nearly a hundred guests last year. We are a small strong team of volunteers from all walks of life and with one common interest and that is to make a difference.

    All the people that have supported and volunteered to make this project what it is today have created a community that is reaching out and grabbing people that you and I never see. 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. Last year we happily hosted people for a really sociable Christmas day. 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.

    How we see our project

    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.

    What we need

    From now until the Christmas day event, money raised will be spent on employing catering staff, cleaning staff and a huge amount of fresh produce. We will need Christmas decorations and the tables need festive decorations and tableware. 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. Every year we have a incredible free raffle that is hard to beat.

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



    • Jessica Bateman10 months ago
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      10 months ago
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      Thank you for everyone's generosity, we've surpassed our target. What a wonderful feeling.

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      Jessica Bateman

      10 months ago
      Update from the Page owner

      I'm so grateful for all the money we raise but we are half way and have 7 days left to make the remainder of what it costs us to host our Emsworth Community Christmas. We don't get any grants, funding or support from government organisations this project is run and funded by local people just giving something.

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    • Alison Dudley

      Alison Dudley

      Jan 7, 2020

      Jess, Well done to you and the team on another successful year ! Love The Dudleys x


    • Caroline Fisk

      Caroline Fisk

      Dec 25, 2019

      This is such a wonderful idea Jessica. Well done you. Have a fun day x


    • Mark Riddington

      Mark Riddington

      Dec 23, 2019

      What a lovely contribution to the Emsworth community!


    • Anonymous


      Dec 23, 2019

      Thank you for organising this wonderful event. So many people will benefit from your efforts and I'm so happy to support you. Merry Christmas!


    • rekha rouf

      rekha rouf

      Dec 23, 2019

      Merry Christmas to you all xx


    • James Fraser-Murison

      James Fraser-Murison

      Dec 23, 2019

      Well done!!


    • Carl Rigelsford

      Carl Rigelsford

      Dec 21, 2019


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    Jessica Bateman

    Jessica Bateman

    Emsworth, Hampshire

    People know me locally for either being covered in mud for the best part of the year or for being the founder of Emsworth Community Christmas. My mission is simply to make a difference on Christmas Day.

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