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Would you like to help someone in need this Christmas? Help us support two local charities by donating to our Christmas Wish Tree campaign.

This year, staff and students are invited to either donate physical gifts or make a monetary donation, providing much-needed support to two local charities. Each charity has submitted wish lists of items that would benefit their work. 

This year’s charities were chosen by representatives from Durham Students’ Union: 

  • Moving On Durhama young people's charity based in County Durham aiming to break the cycle of homelessness in our region. 
  • Durham Foodbank, providing emergency food for local people in crisis. 

Our Christmas Wish Trees can be found in Bill Bryson Library, Dunelm House, Oriental Museum, Palace Green Library and the Palatine Centre. 

How to get involved 

Donating a physical gift: 

  • Pick up one or more gift tags from one of our Christmas Wish Trees from Wednesday 1 December  
  • Buy and wrap the gift(s) written on the tags, and attach the tag to your gift(s)
  • Place your wrapped and tagged gift(s) back under the Christmas Wish Tree by Monday 13 December. 

Making a monetary donation: 

  • Visit the donation pages for our chosen charities this year (see below) or scan the QR codes on one of our Christmas Wish Trees. You can choose to support one or both charities
  • Donate an amount of your choice, which will help the charity to provide items from their wish list 
  • Donations should be made before Monday 13 December. 

The wish lists 

Both charities have provided wish lists for physical gifts to be donated. Details of these items will be on the gift tags on our Christmas Wish Trees – simply choose one or more that you’d like to buy! 

If you wish to make a monetary donation online, below are some of the items that your funds will help to provide: 

Moving On Durham 

  • £11 will pay for a birth certificate - a lot of our young people have fled their home, leaving behind everything. Without any form of ID, they cannot open a bank account, get a job, claim benefits or do anything that is often taken for granted. A simple replacement birth certificate gives a person access to so much! 
  • £15 will pay for electricity and gas for a young person for a week who is struggling financially. Energy prices are rising and keeping the lights on and staying warm is more difficult - your contribution can keep a young person warm this winter. 
  • £20 can pay for a full week's worth of food for a young person who is just setting up home. 
  • £25 will help to pay for the essentials of setting up a home for the first time, such as cups, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, a kettle. 
  • £30 will pay for bedding for a young person who may well not have had a bed to call their own for a long time. 

Durham Foodbank 

  • £25 will pay for a family food parcel for 3 days 
  • Any funds donated goes to help clients that come to the foodbank, either through food parcels or through services we are able to offer.