Make a promise this Christmas

Let’s make sure no child feels alone at Christmas
This Christmas, every hour seven children will go missing.

Our promise this Christmas


For many vulnerable children the only promise of Christmas is that the bad things in their lives will feel much worse.

But this Christmas we want children’s lives to be full of a different kind of promise.

Read more about the promise of Christmas

The promise of a listening ear, of friendship and a sense of belonging, of a brighter future.

By showing children that they aren’t alone and that they have hope, we can make this a Christmas full of promise for vulnerable young people across the country.

More than 2,000 children will go missing from home this Christmas

No child should feel so unsafe and alone that they feel they have no choice but to run away. That’s true at any time of year, but especially at Christmas. The festive season should be full of promise and excitement for children, but for so many of them it’s a time when things feel so bad that they go missing from home.

This Christmas, all across the country, our supporters are coming together to change thousands of children's lives. And we’d love for you to join them by making a donation to our appeal, so that we can help more children fulfil their promise.

 

Join in with Christingle

Christingle is a fun, family-friendly Christmas service that takes place in thousands of churches and schools across the country, raising vital funds that help vulnerable children to fulfil their promise.

These heart-warming celebrations are perfect for bringing together the whole family and community, particularly during the busy festive season.

Whether you are hosting a celebration or attending one, being part of Christingle means you can help to make sure no child feels alone this Christmas. 

Raise your voice to make sure no child feels alone

Carol singing is a classic Christmas tradition, and great fun for everyone involved.

It’s a chance to bring your community together, and a brilliant way to raise money to help the country’s most vulnerable children.

This year we’ve made it even easier to carol sing and fundraise for us and we have lots of free resources available, including a handy guide full of ideas to help you to carol sing in your church, school, door to door or in your local community.

Take on a challenge in 2018

Christmas and New Year are great times to make plans to get fit or take on a new challenge. They're also a great opportunity to help vulnerable children.

You can take on a challenge on your own, or get friends or family together and team up to fundraise as a group. Coming up with ways to raise funds and sponsorship is great fun and whether you aim to raise a few hundred pounds, or a few thousand, we will be there to support you.

By making a promise to take on a challenge next year, you can do something truly special for young people this Christmas.

Bake with Kate

This Christmas you can join Kate Bottley, star of Gogglebox and Celebrity Masterchef, as she creates some festive magic by baking a very special Christingle cake.

On Saturday 25 November, Kate was on Facebook Live causing chaos in the kitchen, and explaining why she’s supporting our work with missing children.

Alongside Kate we are calling on parents everywhere to help all children realise the promise of Christmas. Sadly, over 2,000 children will go missing this Christmas – but together we can help them.

Campaign with us this Christmas

No child should feel alone, unsafe or unable to cope, especially at Christmas.

With the public’s support, we change the systems that leave too many children facing huge disadvantages.

This Christmas, please promise to help us demand the change that children need. Sign up to our campaign updates and let’s change children's lives.

Give the gift of time this Christmas

Are you able to spend time helping vulnerable children this Christmas? We’re looking for volunteers to join our friendly shop team during the festive period and beyond.

If you’re having a Christmas clear-out our shops welcome donations of unwanted items such as men’s and women’s wear, jewellery, electronic goods, gifts, books and homewares.

So if you find you don’t have time to volunteer, you can still support vulnerable children by making a donation or buying something from our great range of brilliant clothes, toys, treats and trinkets.

Play our raffle

This year marks our biggest Christmas raffle ever, with £5,500 in prizes to be won!

Every raffle ticket bought gives you the chance to win a cash prize while supporting children who don’t feel safe, loved or able to cope this Christmas.

Christmas cards and gifts

For over 130 years we have been changing young people’s lives for the better.

This year you can help our most vulnerable children fulfil their promise, by using our Christmas cards and gifts to spread some festive cheer.

Every time you buy Christmas cards from our online shop or in store, you're helping us to provide life-changing support to children who feel unsafe, unloved and unable to cope this Christmas.

Try our festive recipe

This Christmas why not try out our delicious new Christingle cake recipe. 

Decorated to look like our traditional Christingle orange, it's a great and simple way to delight your friends and family. 

Watch our video: This Christmas more than 2,000 children will go missing from home